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Re: Redwood/tree with tallest section of branchless trunk?

Jeanie Taller tree has a Clean barrel to about 275' to first branch. except for a tiny epicormic spray around 200 but it's not significant a branch. More of a sprout.
by M.W.Taylor
Tue Apr 28, 2015 3:42 am
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Green River through Dinosaur National Monument

Sixteen of us put in on the Green River at the Gates of Lodore Campground in Colorado on 7/23/2015 and spent six days on the river with a take out at Split Mountain in Utah. This section of Green River requires a permit to run which is obtained through a lottery system. We traversed 45 river miles with an elevation drop of 620 feet. Rapids are class 2-3 at low/moderate flows of 1000-3000 cfs that we encountered. It runs through Dinosaur National Monument and passes the confluence of the Yampa River at Echo Park. Scenery is a series of beautiful canyons ranging from 2-3,000 feet deep. Going downstream the canyons are Canyon of Lodore- 16 miles, Whirlpool Canyon- 9 miles, Split mountain Canyon- 7 miles. The Powell expedition of 1871 named the Canyon of Ladore after a familiar poem of the time. Likewise a rapid named Disaster Falls is still used to denote a rapid in which his party had a boat destroyed.
I measured a few trees at most of the stops we made along the river.

The largest of each species measured are listed below.
Fremont Cottonwood ( Populus fremontii ) 11.6' x 70.1' (UT), 12.8' x 39.7' (CO)
Ponderosa Pine ( Pinus ponderosa var. scopulorum ) # x 46.4' (CO)
Arizona Boxelder ( Acer negundo var. arizonica ) 3.9' x 41.9' (UT)
Douglas-fir ( Psuedotsuga menzeii var. glauca ) 3.5' x 41.6' (CO)
Single Seed Juniper ( Juniperus monosperma ) 4.9' x 35.2' (CO), 8.5' x 31.1'(CO)
Netleaf Hackberry ( Celtis laevigata var. reticula 3.1' x 25.6' CO
Utah Juniper ( Juniperus osteosperma ) 5.2' @ 3' x 25.3' (CO)
Two Needle Pinyon ( Pinus edulis ) 1.9' x 18.8' (CO)
Singleleaf Ash ( Fraxinus anomola ) 2.5' x 16.5' (CO)
Blue Elderberry ( Sambucus nigra var. cerullea )1.0' x 13.9' (UT)
Big Sage Brush ( Artemisa tridenta ) 1.3' @ 4' x 12.5'(CO)

It is somewhat unusual to get ten species in a western area to get a Rucker -10 height index. RH-10 = 33.5' which sets a record for me as shortest index i have encountered. But after all it is part of the Great Basin Desert and only receives 10-12 inches of rain a year.
The most common tree encountered was the Arizona Boxelder. If one would measure farther from the river then the Utah Juniper and two -needle Pinyon Pine would probably be the most common.
While companions were counting Bighorn sheep I was enjoying a tree I had never seen previously. That was the Singleleaf Ash. A small grove of three mature trees (all with substantial lean) and many sprouts were near the Wild Mountain camp.
Leaves and seeds of Singleleaf Ash

A coup;e of pictures of these beauties found along the river.

Amy in a Utah Juniper

Bridget in front of a Utah Juniper.

All trees measured were entered in the Trees Database in the appropriate State.
by tsharp
Mon Oct 26, 2015 8:17 am
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Oakwood Cemetery, East Aurora

Taking a train back to WNY to see family for New Years, I arrived with a short list of trees I'd like to measure in the town of East Aurora, where they live. About 20 minutes south of Buffalo, East Aurora is a somewhat affluent outer satellite community in rural surroundings with a smalltown atmosphere. It's also fairly historical as the epicenter of the Roycroft Movement, led by the eccentric Elbert Hubbard, who is claimed to have very specifically predicted his own death on the Lusitania during WWI. The primary local cemetery is rather nice, and a previous walk had convinced me that the norway spruces were tall enough to be worth measuring, and the red oaks thick and wide-spreading enough. The cemetery came to be sometime after 1820 (the historical website is a mess), and while I doubt these spruces date to that era, they do strike me as among the oldest I have met.

Sadly, the finest of the red oaks have, it seems, been removed just within the past week. Whether due to legitimate structural issues or the insane enthusiasm some municipalities have recently developed for removing trees at the faintest whiff of a doubt of their health, I do not know, but they were beautiful. The spruce stand on. Among them are a number of pleasant but unremarkable hardwoods (some buckeye, some silver maple) standing about 50 feet tall. More interesting are the northern whitecedars growing right up next to and between some of these spruces; I hit a couple with the laser just for the heck of it and then realized later when I did the math that they were worth recording girth. The spruces are the real star of the show, by far the tallest I have measured, the best few matching the old-growth hemlocks of Lilydale for height. I suspect there are a few more 120s but it was sleeting just after the crack of dawn and I had not yet had my coffee, so I retired quickly after getting numbers that struck me as likely to yield a significant height. Elijah has found NY's tallest of the tall for spruce, but the surprise here was such height in relatively open growing conditions.
Norway Spruce
Northern Whitecedar
White Pine (in a yard nearby)

(fixed photos and added friday's measurements)
by Erik Danielsen
Thu Dec 31, 2015 10:46 pm
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Re: "Scraping the Bowl"

When I said champions still remain to be found, I am referring to Sequoiadendron height champions. I do not think we've scratched the surface there. As far as Sequoia, I think that discovery is pretty much done. I think there may be more 20k's to find, but 350's are essentially done. There are a few small drainages that have not been LiDARed or explored. Otherwise, it's done.

Also, sradivoy, that tree is the planet's 4th largest living following three Sequoiadendron trees.
by yofoghorn
Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:29 pm
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