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Tinker Brook Natural Area

This is my fifth post about Vermont's protected natural areas. Some contain old growth, and others second growth (Lord's Hill, Gifford Woods, OG; Tabletop Mountain, Cambridge Pines--second growth). I'll keep trying to check them off the list--I'm still searching for Daniel's Notch--Vermont's largest OG area.

This is Tinker Gorge--25 acres too steep and remote to ever log. I have only a few pictures--me with a Black Spruce rumored to be 200 years of age, and one of the stream protected and filtered by the old growth. Tinker Gorge is full of Black Spruce, White Birch, Stripped Maple, and of course Sugar Maple and the ubiquitous Yellow Birch.

One can see how this steep bank is held together by a network of birch and hemlock roots. They hold the steep stream banks together--consequently, Tropical Storm Irene did almost no damage to Tinker Gorge--it takes many trees, and BIG ones, to hold off a storm. In one spot, you can literally see how a mature, straight yellow birch arrested a huge boulder and how this one tree prevented a minor landslide. The fantastic pools in the stream below are clear and free of debris, thanks to these old growth giants on either shore.

I don't think anybody is setting a height record here, but for the look and feel of OG forest, Tinker Gorge is one of the best. I don't know too much about the species Black Spruce, but there were several trees at what appeared to be a maximum height for the species in this location.
by adam.rosen
Thu Jul 07, 2016 1:44 pm
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Green .Mount Cemetery Montpellier

IMG_20161118_112232059.jpg This cemetery was laid out in 1855. The memorial speech at its opening refers to "soon to be shaded paths." A history of Montpelier indicates that this hillside and this part of the Winooski valley contained pines like the in New Hampshire, and, had the revolution not occurred, they would have gone to the royal navy. By 1855, there was nothing but open land anywhere around Montpelier.

The second growth pines planted here are some of the larger pines I have seen. They would fit in with the large trees on a college campus or park in Pennsylvania, new York or Massachusetts. I have taken two CBH here, on is close to 14 feet.

It is a very beautiful cemetery. On a steep hill side overlooking the Winooski river, it has a view down the valley. 160 years of Montpelier gentry lay beneath creative and ornate monuments. The paths are lined with pine and maple. The maples are gnarled and getting hoary and interesting, the pines seem to keep on growing! There are a dozen or so lining the original cemetery lay out. The bark has developed that lizard like scaly look that only happens when pines get old.

These trees are 30 years older than the Vermont record holders in marsh billings. They are half as old as the towering old growth in 1680 Grove in Paul Smith's New York. It's fun learning about the extent of second growth forest.
by adam.rosen
Sun Nov 20, 2016 7:31 am
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