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Oldest tree in Connecticut?

Hi all,
My name is Jack Ruddat and I am an 18 year old High School student in West Hartford, Connecticut. I have been involved in the science of dendrochronology since 2013 and have kept a list of sampled trees along with their circumference and minimum age. I recently found an eastern redcedar in my home state of Connecticut that is 550+ years old, probably the oldest known tree in Connecticut. The age was verified (with a margin of error due to the missing rings, false rings, fire scars, and missing wood by pith) by a dendrology professor at the University of Connecticut who counted the rings under a stereo microscope. As far as I am aware, the only trees that come close to that age are the 350-400 year old eastern hemlocks in Sage's Ravine in Salisbury, Connecticut. This tree was found in Simsbury, Connecticut on a trap rock basalt ridge and was aged using an increment tree borer. Would this information be of any use to people keeping a list of old trees? I have also found a couple of 250+ year old sugar maples in what I believe to be a very early secondary old growth forest in Ridgefield, Connecticut from the early 1700's and a 200 year old shagbark hickory in West Hartford. I'll attach a picture of the eastern redcedar and a word document of the trees I have found for anyone interested.

Jack Ruddat
by jcruddat
Sat Dec 17, 2016 5:33 pm
 
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Re: Oldest Tree in Connecticut Followup

Thanks,
Would definitely core that tree it if I could.

Jack
by jcruddat
Mon Oct 02, 2017 6:20 pm
 
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Oldest Tree in Connecticut Followup

Hi all,
For those of you who are interested, I recently published an article in the Connecticut Woodlands Magazine to follow up from my first post called Oldest Tree in Connecticut? found here: (http://ents-bbs.org/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=7887). For those of you who have not seen that post, the article is about a 550-600 year old eastern red-cedar which is now the oldest known tree in the state of Connecticut. I attached the most recent version I could find since the revised article can only be accessed from subscribers to the magazine. They are, however, essentially the same.

Jack Ruddat
by jcruddat
Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:58 am
 
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