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Beautiful tree. From your photo it looks like a White Oak. Measure the Circumference at 4' 6" above ground a standard if possible. Look on our site and you will find all the info you need on the proper measurement of trees. We use Laser's, Clinometer's and Calculator's to get exact height measurements. Only the property owner can protect the tree. Good tree hunting. The link how to measure correctly. http://www.ents-bbs.org/viewtopic.php?f=284&t=2984 Larry
by Larry Tucei
Fri Oct 21, 2016 8:37 am
 
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Larry, looking at the shot up into the crown I think it's definitely Northern Red Oak- being so big and old the bark on the main trunk looks shaggy enough to evoke white oak, but up on the limbs in particular the bark is clearly northern red and the leaves match as well (though a bit out of focus).

This is an incredible specimen, the list of oaks of this stature in the northeast is probably pretty short. The NH state list looks like it's got some chunky trees (with probably mismeasured heights) but an upright forest-grown oak of such girth is a truly impressive thing to behold. Hopefully you can get in touch with some of our NH folks- they're working on cleaning up errors in the state list and this tree may be worthy of contending the title.
by Erik Danielsen
Fri Oct 21, 2016 10:13 am
 
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Hello, Bo! Welcome to the Native Tree Society!

I am a fellow easterner (of Massachusetts) with an interest in old and big trees. I had a chance to visit the Carlisle Pines last month. That hemlock that you measured is quite a tree, huh? It's a shame that the hemlock wooly adelgid has gotten the best of it. Just next to that old tree is the tallest of the Carlisle Pines at 124.8 feet tall (see picture below). There are other old pine trees in there, but none as tall (that I or others have measured). As far as wider pines in those woods, I did measure one with a circumference of 10.88 feet working towards 120 feet tall. My search was by no means exhaustive, so if you do find some other nice, big ones in there, please report on them!

Carlisle State Forest - big hemlock and tall pine.jpg
I use this website to share my big tree finds and to read about what other folks are finding in other parts of the country and world. I've even met the humans behind some of the usernames you see on this site, as Bob Leverett kindly introduced me to the tall trees of Mohawk Trail State Forest and others in their fan club. The more time I spend out in western MA the more it becomes clear how rare old and tall trees and forests are in the eastern portion of the state. I've spent some time tree hunting in Concord, specifically at Punkatasset Hill. I found some white pines over 130' tall, though not as "girthy" as the Carlisle Pines. I've heard that Estabrook Woods has some good, old trees. It may not be old growth, but it is nicely-maturing second growth. If/when you do come across some trees that meet your criteria for being interesting, do share pictures and a story with us!

Happy tree hunting!

Jared
Harvard, MA
by a_blooming_botanist
Thu Oct 20, 2016 6:32 pm
 
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