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Windsor Locks, CT cottonwood

ENTS, we took about a 2 mile round trip walk on Saturday along the bike path between the CT River and the old canal. This path is 4.5 miles long and can only be accessed from the Suffield end and the Windsor Locks end. There are alot of cottonwood trees along the way. Many of them are in water right now and were impossible to get to and measure. Rough measurements were over 100 feet high. There was one next to the path that I measured at 14' 7.5" cbh and 101' high. On the other side of the canal between the canal and railroad tracks seems to be mostly oak trees in the 80 to 90 feet high range. Once the flooding is over I should be able to walk the river bank and measure the trees. I have seen some large cbh cottonwoods, back before my "tree" days, outside Hartford but the area is still closed due to flooding. Sam Goodwin
by sam goodwin
Sun Apr 04, 2010 8:24 am
 
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Tulip tree near Granville Gorge

Made a trip yesterday up route 57 and hiked part of the gorge with nothing notable. There is part of old route 57 that is now a pull off, the one near the gas line. There I measured a tulip tree at 7'2" cbh and 110' high. Still not the 9' cbh or 130'+ but bigger then the one I measured lower down the mountain at 6'6" cbh and 100'. I wanted to check a pull off lower down 57 but it was full of fire trucks and firemen keeping a eye on the recent forest fire. Sam Goodwin
by sam goodwin
Thu Apr 15, 2010 6:58 am
 
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Riverside Park Hartford,CT cottonwoods.

ENTS. We measured 4 cottonwood trees growing in a row on the CT River bank today. #1 was 12'7" cbh @ 108' high. #2 was 14'6" cbh @ 100+ high. #3 was 15'5" cbh @ 103' high. #4 was 18'6" cbh @ 124' high. Sam Goodwin
by sam goodwin
Sat May 01, 2010 7:19 pm
 
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Trees of Peace

ENTS. After hiking the Pine Loop trail at Bryant Homestead we came to Mohawk Park. Stopped at the booth and got our free state park pass. I asked about Trees of Peace and she drew a map to them. She had us park behind the office but then came over and told us we could park at the group camping area. With all the leaves growing in, the best reading I could get here was 148 feet. At Bryant I could only get 141 feet. Sam
by sam goodwin
Sun May 16, 2010 9:57 pm
 
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Re: Riverside Park Hartford,CT cottonwoods.

Download photo of 18'6" cbh cottonwood
by sam goodwin
Mon May 03, 2010 12:27 pm
 
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Belden Forest in Simsbury, Ct

Belden Forest is a 42 acre forest, pretty much untouched for more then 100 years. A newspaper article in the Hartford Courant calls it a miniature version of the Cathedral Pines of Cornwall. I haven't been to Cathedral Pines so I can't tell if it is. There is a yellow blazed and blue blazed trails that follow the forest boundaries with trails that cover the interior. We walked all the trails. Starting at the eastern side trail head it is almost all white pines, young hemlocks and beech. The pines were 7 to 8' cbh and over 100'. The beech were in the range of 8' cbh and 90' tall. As you head northwest it became a few oaks, hemlocks and white pines, no beech. The northwestern and north end became black birch, hemlocks and white pines, again no beech. There are many, many large white pines in this forest, 8 to 10' cbh and over 100 ' high. The largest I measured was 10.5' cbh and 115' high. Sam Goodwin
by sam goodwin
Fri Apr 15, 2011 6:39 am
 
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Re: Devil's Den Preserve, Redding, CT

That 134.5 tulip beats the biggest one we found. Off the Pent trail we found a grove of tulips and measured 4 of the 7 or so.They were 6;4" cbh @ 105', 6'7" cbh @ 102, 7'10" @ 109' and 8'31/2" cbh @ 110'. Off the Saugatuck trail we found a double tulip, 10'6" @ 101" and a shagbark hickory, 6'6" cbh @ 95' and measured a oak, about 6' cbh @ 101'. There was alot of tulips along the way in the 100' range. For the large number of stone walls, I found none of the gnarly old maple or oaks usually found with the walls. I counted the rings on a fallen pine tree that had been dead for a while and recently cut up. There was about 80 rings and that goes along with the 30 charcoal producing kilns that operated here between the 1800's and up to 1920. Sam
by sam goodwin
Sun Jan 29, 2012 11:37 pm
 
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Ct. Notable Tree Committe

I know where 2 of the trees, Pinchot sycamore and Granby black oak are and will run down and try and measure them their way. I would like to check that 138' tulip in South Windsor and other trees they list near this area if any NTS know their locations. I don't know if it will be a fair assessment of their measurement system after the snow storm. I went and looked at the Pinchot after the storm and it took a hit but the black oak only lost one branch. Last year I measured the Pinchot and if I remember right it was a little under 100' tall. Sam
by sam goodwin
Thu Feb 02, 2012 11:00 am
 
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Re: Ct. Notable Tree Committe

After getting home from measuring the Pinchot Sycamore and East Granby black oak I started doing the math,"their way". Keep in mind I haven't tried doing it ,"our" way yet and that will be another 2 hours! For the sycamore I came up with 494 points to their 475 points. For the black oak I got 453 points to their 448 points. I measured cbh 335" @ 99' for the sycamore to their cbh 334" @ 104' . I measured the oak at cbh 328 ' @ 78' and they have cbh 344" @ 79'. The oak has a large bump at 4.5' so I went a couple of inches higher, they may have measured over the bump and got the higher number. I have the other numbers if any one is interested in checking my math. Sam
by sam goodwin
Thu Feb 02, 2012 5:50 pm
 
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Re: The Sap Man

I believe they are all norway maples. We also had some apple wood from my tree.
by sam goodwin
Wed Mar 21, 2012 7:08 pm
 
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Granville, MA

We attended a program tonight at the Noble and Cooley Drum Shop. As we were walking in we stopped and looked at a tulip tree. One of the grandsons saw us and said that he planted it when he was 10 years old with his father to replace a elm tree that died from Dutch Elm disease. He also stated that they have a drum from the Civil War that was made from a tulip tree and they made a reproduction of it. I told him about NTS and he told me about 2 large tulips in town. Has any members measured them? Heading west on route 57, just past the cheese store and as you start going up they are on the left. Since its in the front yard of a house for sale and there wasn't anyone to ask for permission to measure it I just walked by it. The bigger one is at least 10 or more feet in cbh@ about 80 feet tall. I will try and find some way to measure cbh. Sam Goodwin
by sam goodwin
Wed Jun 13, 2012 8:45 pm
 
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Robinson State Park, MA

Hi all, on Saturday 4/27/13, my wife and I along with Friends of Robinson, DCR crew and Matt Largess from RI, planted 5 trees in the park. With the small white pine, (that may not make it), that was all ready there, there is one for each New England state tree. The trees are planted on the small tear drop shaped island and on land next to the park headquarters. The trees are: starting with a sugar maple on the point of the island, with a "Princeton" American elm in the middle and for now the white pine on the side. Next to the building is a paper birch, a white oak and a red maple. Matt Largess donated the 5 trees plus the Saturday before he brought his stump grinder for the stumps that were there. On Saturday, June 15, there will be a dedication of the "Dawson" elm for Alexandra Dawson and dedications for the Boston bombing and Ct shooting victims. At the plantings, Richard Sullivan, State secretary of energy and environment affairs read the Joyce Kilmer poem "Trees". Sam Goodwin
by sam goodwin
Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:17 pm
 
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"Giants" ??

10/30/14, we went on a hike to find the giant trees I heard about. We parked near one of the trail heads to the Herman Covey WMA, (formerly the Swift River WMA). There is 2 large parcels covering 1474 acres of mixed terrain varying 300 feet in elevation with open fields and brushy fields surrounded by tracts of mature hardwoods and softwoods. We started following an old paved road but then we had to bushwhacked north west up one of the ridges .4 miles until we found a old woods road that lead to the first giant. The old road had stone walls and lead to a opening in the wall where the old sugar maple, 13'8"cbh X 65' tall was. I would call it a double. The picture of this tree has my wife on the right side. A .2 mile walk heading east on the old road, leading to the other 2 giants. They are both old sugar maples, one 12'7" cbh X 60' tall and 12' cbh X 60' tall. In the picture my wife is on the left with the second tree behind her. One of them is a double. We followed the ridge line road south on the way back to the car, 1+ miles. On the way back I spotted down the ridge a short way a oak and a white pine in a damp area. Most of the leaves laying around looked like there were from a N. red oak. I got 12'2" cbh on the oak but got a number of reading up to 80+ feet tall. The white pine 20 feet away and on the same level was 7'5" cbh X 95+ tall. They both looked to be about the same height. Sam Goodwin
by sam goodwin
Fri Oct 31, 2014 9:44 am
 
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Ginkgo

Last winter I was driving east on W. Silver St when I spotted an interesting shaped tree on the corner of E. Silver and Broad Streets in Westfield, MA. It had no leaves and I could not tell what is was. Now it is losing its leaves again and I stopped and measured it and checked the fallen leaves. It turns out to be a female Ginkgo, alot of stinky fruit on the ground and the unmistakable leaves. It is 10'7" cbh X 70' tall. The tree books say it has been planted in this country for years. I have seen and measured the Ginkgo at Smith College, Bob has it 16.8 cbh X 83' tall. I wonder just how common they are in New England. Thinking back 64 years ago I can remember a row of small trees, maybe 2' cbh and 15' tall and having to walk on their stinky fruit. I have to wonder if they were Ginkgos. Sam Goodwin
by sam goodwin
Wed Nov 05, 2014 11:45 pm
 
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Re: Ginkgo

With a little luck I can download a less "busy" picture. If you click on the picture it rotates.
by sam goodwin
Thu Nov 06, 2014 9:53 am
 
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Black birches?

I have been reading Bob's reports about black birch so I went down to East Granby Ct. to check and measure what I believe are black birch. There are many acres of predominately black birch, many with some type of blight. I have been going there off and on since 2002 and have been looking for note worthy big trees without much luck for the last 5 years or so. Birch trees were not high on my list, but there are some interesting ones in the area. After the birch the next highest number of trees are white pines followed by oaks. a few maples, white birch, yellow,(Silver?) and I found some leaves that look like what the books call sycamore but I did not see the trees and those are hard not to see! White pines up to 10'5" cbh X 85' feet tall. Yellow, (silver?) birch, a hollow, double at 11'3" cbh X 65', pictures 1 - 4. Picture pb230035 is an over view of the yellow,(birch) grove. The one I measured is the "V" double in the background. The biggest black? birch was 6'10" cbh X 75' tall.The one with my wife and pictures 5 - 10 In pictures 11 - 13, are a tree that was cut down and I counted about 65 rings at about 22' from the base and the diameter was 14" X 14". CBH @ 4.5 was about 5'. Pictures 14 - 20, are what I call a "tenacious" black?, yellow? birch, the one with me measuring it at 5' about 20' from the roots base and it was some where near 80' tall. Sam Goodwin
by sam goodwin
Sun Nov 23, 2014 9:05 pm
 
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Re: Spicebush and winterberry in eastern Massachusetts

Will, it sounds like it must be a magnolia. Both the sassafras and spice bush beers went over well at our beer tastings. Sam
by sam goodwin
Sun Mar 15, 2015 9:44 pm
 
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