adam with buttressed root white birch.jpg 29. Tabletop Mountain Natural Area. 129 acres, Groton State Forest, Town of Groton. Located on the State-owned portion of Tabletop Mountain, this area is not "old-growth" in the strict sense, but has been set aside to allow it to become a representative mature hardwood forest (beech, yellow birch, sugar maple, and hemlock). It contains occasional, scattered trees of large size and old age.
I enjoyed a hike here. I found some nice and notable trees--a Maple that had an 8 foot CBH and you could see how the canopy moved up over the years with this tree. At the top it opened up with a huge 'stag' crown, probably 70 feet up.
I found a paper birch, 6' CBH, but with buttressed roots and OG characteristics.
A yellow birch, 9' CBH, had the largest crown spread I have seen in this species, a magnicicent, spreading, growing second growth, but old enough for the large bole and to have the aged bark characteristic of mature specimens of this tree.
No record holders here, that I saw, but there is 127 acres and I just got a taste of it. Abudndant Coarse Woody Debris.
Private land, friendly land owners, but it was a bush whack and then map and compass to find the natural area.