The 126-footer grew in a small grove on Clark Ridge, very steep. That tree no longer stands. The aspens were all small in circumference (3 to 6 feet) and not noticeable to anyone looking for big trees. You could see them from Zoar Gap mainly differentiable through their lighter leaf color, but they clearly stood taller than the surrounding oaks. However, from the distance, there was nothing to use for scale - just a patch of lighter green. So, the group that included aspens with heights from 110 to 120 feet, and with one at 122 and the 126-footer stood for decades unnoticed.
This story applies equally to other species within Mohawk. The white ash were, and to a lesser degree, still are absolute standouts. At one point, we confirmed around 20 to heights of 140 feet or more with one at 152.5. That tree is down now. John Eichholz tagged another right on 150, but I think that tree is also down. The Rucker Index of MTSF once stood at 136.1 feet. I think it now is not more than 135. We need to update Mohawk's RHI. Here is the historical RHI for Mohawk.
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The big challenge for years has been to get others, state and public, to recognize (and value) Mohawk's forest as exceptional and worthy of special recognition and protection. This has turned into a life's work.