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Greetings from Grand Rapids MI

Hello to all members,

I want to say hello to all those posting members of the Native Tree Society. This organization is such an impressive collection of members with ideas, research, knowledge, and amazing goals and thoughts on how to conserve our forests and the values we derive from them.

About me, I currently live on the west side of Michigan in Northview, just a few miles from Grand Rapids. I have always enjoyed the woods and the mysteries that each individual grove of forest holds... When I was a kid I was fishing in Ontario in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by boreal forest, and we weren't catching much but it sure was cold. I remember asking my father to take us ashore because I wanted to walk in the woods and look for moose. I was about 10 or 11 I believe. We didn't find any moose, but I remember a lot of fallen black spruce trees and the density and darkness of the woods, it was mesmerizing to me and I think I enjoyed it more than anything on the trip.

The west side of Michigan has a good number of large trees and is laced with large and small rivers and creeks that cut through our wooded oasis. It really is beautiful. And there are some big trees and impressive forests. (however nothing like in the Appalachians!)

I joined because I truly enjoy sharing information about what I see, and reading the posts of observations that others have had while enjoying our forests.

Dan Morris
by AccipiterGentilis
Fri Oct 09, 2015 9:10 pm
 
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Re: Upper Tallulah River, GA

Super report Jess. The height on the white pines is towering. The bitternut hickory is impressive as well. I've always found bitternut hickories to be one of the prettiest hardwoods in our state in the summer. This sounds like an amazing area to camp and hike around in.

Dan
by AccipiterGentilis
Sun Dec 13, 2015 1:46 am
 
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Eastern White Pine site in Newaygo County, MI

ENTS Members:

I recently stumbled sheerly by luck upon an impressive non-recognized white pine site in the lower peninsula of Michigan. The site is owned by Consumers Energy but is leased by the county for public use, and is located in Newaygo county near and adjacent to the Muskegon River. Their is a plaque commemorating the white pine and that there will not be any cutting on the site in the future and that there has not been since 1964.

I would describe the stand as follows: about 30 acres of white pine as the canopy dominant with a mix of typical mesic to dry mesic species: American beech, red oak, red maple, and white oak. It is an open stand lacking a dense understory but American beech is the most abundant understory species. It appears to be a sandy and acidic soil that predominates here and the only herbaceous ground cover species I could find was Dryopteris intermedia or fancy wood fern. I found a few scattered sugar maples saplings. The white pine in the stand are the tallest I have seen in the lower peninsula outside of Hartwick Pines. I spent an hour or more hiking and measuring with a laser range finder. My method for determining height is to shoot straight up and then add my height in if appropriate. I will begin by saying that these are simply height estimates and not meant to be accurate, but they do give one an impression of the tree heights.

Most of the tall trees I measured with range finder are between 120 and 140' in height. IF the rangefinder I am using is "modestly accurate" then most of the tall trees are over 125' and maybe a few around 140 feet or higher. Interestingly, the diameter of the trees is not outstanding, and again an estimate, I would say most are between 24 and 30 inches. However, some of the bigger specimens are close to 3 feet and a few may be over 36" in diameter. The bark is rough as you might see on mature white pine.

The white pines here are impressive and yet are just part of the great potential that this county has for growing eastern white pine. Newaygo county, Michigan is historically home to fantastic white pine sawlog numbers and nearly all of the county is suitable for eastern white pine re-establishment as the dominant tree by volume and size. Its literally a white pine growing machine, in my humble opinion. An interesting thing about these these pines is that they have relatively skinny diameters, perhaps a result of tight growing conditions and smaller crowns, but also perhaps a sign that the trees are not much over 100 years old? The white pine old growth in Hartwick tends to be larger diameter and also has taller trees. However I would say that anywhere in Crawford county, Michigan (north-central Michigan) is going to be a much colder and more extreme growing environment than Newaygo county (western Michigan, much more southern latitude). Do these trees have the potential of growing over 150 feet?

I guess these are questions I find myself pondering, as well as some more accurate measurements on the trees than my old range finder and my eyes. I hope that maybe a few ENTS'ers will find this a worthy place for a field visit on their next trip through the state of Michigan.

Dan Morris
by AccipiterGentilis
Tue Dec 08, 2015 11:53 pm
 
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Re: Eastern White Pine site in Newaygo County, MI

Here are a few photos of this white pine site in Newaygo county, Michigan.
by AccipiterGentilis
Sun Dec 20, 2015 10:31 pm
 
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