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Big Tree hunter shares his findings...

Hey everyone this is my first post but Ive been hunting big trees in NJ, PA, and, VA for a decade now and I wanted to share some photos of my findings. Some trees are well known but some are hidden gems and undocumented so far. Enjoy. Im on Phtotbucket under the same name: JohnnyDJersey. Here is a link with just a few trees Ive come across... http://s299.photobucket.com/albums/mm290/Johnnydjersey/


John Harvey
by John Harvey
Fri Oct 12, 2012 9:41 pm
 
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Nice white ash found

18'1" CBH Aprox 120' tall

Saw this white ash tree in the woods as I drove by recently. As I left the woods a hunter stoped me and after I told him what I was doing he told me there was a tree twice as big in thoes same woods. Cant wait to go back and find it!

Location: Wood off of New rd, Clementon NJ
by John Harvey
Tue Oct 16, 2012 8:49 pm
 
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Made greatest trees you tube video...

I was playing around with windows movie maker and put this together...most of the photos arent mine but enjoy...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrzMmdAKjJs

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrzMmdAKjJs[/youtube]

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by John Harvey
Mon Oct 22, 2012 5:00 pm
 
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The great 31ft CBH Eastern Cottonwood of Halifax PA

I made a visit to this tree a couple months ago, PA Big Trees.com lists this as the second largest tree in the state. The owner is very friendly and very proud of his tree, the week before my visit there was a thunder storm and the tree was struck by lightning 4 times in one night! The owner said it was literaly "glowing" afterwards. Only a small amount of bark fell from the tree however. The size of this trunk is amazing, very few trees on the east coast can boast a CBH of over 30ft and this is one. Its height is listed at 106ft, spread 108ft and Cir 367in for a total of 501 points. I measured the trunk however at 31ft 10in. Below are a few shots. It is considerd a multitrunk tree but the second trunk is rather small.
by John Harvey
Tue Dec 04, 2012 2:50 pm
 
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How old are these huge Beech trees?

Anyone out there know alot about Beech trees? I know that in my hunting I rarely find "Large ones". Thier not known to reach a great circumference and are slower growers. Below I have a photo of a Beech that is 14'7" CBH and well over 100' tall. This is by far the largest Ive come across. Any idea on the age of the tree? I also found a couple that are over 11' CBH and very tall.
by John Harvey
Mon Dec 10, 2012 10:40 pm
 
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A HAUNTED TULIP POPLAR! Scary stuff here, NJ

I snaped this photos a few months ago of a multi trunked tulip tree, about 17'CBH 120' tall. I never looked at it again until last night and what I saw FREAKED ME OUT! Literaly. There is some kind of face looking back at me from inside the tree. Yes this picture was taken in Jersey but this doent look like the Jersey Devil to me, more like a small ghost or hobbit of some sort. Tree is located in a small woods in Clementon NJ.

The first picture is from a distance, you can see it in the middle, the second picture is a close up of the "object". What could this be? I was thinking maybe a log or something sitting in the center being hit by direct sunlight from the back?

John D Harvey

Multitrunk Tulip poplar 16ft3in (1).jpg
Tulip poplar Jersey Devil.jpg

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by John Harvey
Tue Dec 11, 2012 10:16 pm
 
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Near Redwood size Tulip Poplar, ok "near" small redwood size

This is a known tree next to the Tyler Arboretum and I believe it to be the largest known Tulip Poplar in the state. ( PABigtrees.com) Ive gone to see the tree twice in the past year and am sharing my observations and a couple bad photos. I measured the tree 22'6" CBH, tree tapers very little then keeps its girth straight up to just under 100' as these trees often do. PA Big Trees lists it at over 132 ft high, spread of 86ft. Impressive.
In March Ill be spending a week in Northern California, I have never seen a Sequoia sempervirens or Sequoiadendron giganteum in the native ranges so it will be a treat. However I think that out of all the large trees I have seen (100s of them) this is the closest tree in comparison. Although not the largest by far, this tree has that sustained girth and impressive circumference. To think that Id have to multiply this tree by three to get large Redwood size is amazing.
Here are some photos.

John Harvey
by John Harvey
Thu Jan 03, 2013 5:25 pm
 
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The Floyd Otter Sequoia, third largest?? Never heard of it..

I came across this link and I was very interested. I thought I could rattle off the list of top 10 or 20 largest Sequoias. Ive never seen this tree listed on any website includind Wikipedia or Michael Taylors Landmarktrees.net. Has anyone ever heard of or been to this tree? From the looks of it its obviously got the girth to match any of the giants. Anyway its an interesting read with great photos. Maybe Taylor or Vaden could weigh in on this one?

http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showthread.php/959096-Finding-the-Floyd-Otter-Tree-3-Giant-Sequoia
by John Harvey
Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:43 pm
 
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Re: The Floyd Otter Sequoia, third largest?? Never heard of

Sounds great Will. If we can trust anyones visual inspection it would definately be Silletts. A Talyor measurement would be great though. This March Ill be in the area, if I have the time and weather permiting, Im going to hunt for it and try to get some better photos and at least a CBH. I have a decent idea of where its located.
by John Harvey
Sat Jan 19, 2013 10:34 pm
 
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Trees falling in Hurricane Sandy

Some of you may have seen this months ago on ABC news after Hurricane Sandy but thought I would post it. The video this kid shoots in the begining is crazy. It is worth a watch.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vThSFXzFKto
by John Harvey
Thu Feb 14, 2013 8:58 pm
 
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Just about 80 feet short

In 1985 my very ederly Grandfather, who was born and raised in New Jersey, made his first and only trip to California to see the giant sequoias and hopefuly measure a few of them. What did he bring to do this? A 25ft tape measure. He actually had no clue they were so big. I still get a kick out of this photo. Most north easterners really have no clue as to how massive trees can actually get. I believe the tree is the General Sherman.
by John Harvey
Thu Feb 28, 2013 12:55 am
 
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20+ CBH Oaks in Southern New Jersey

Here a few of the 20+ CBH Oaks Ive visited and some Ive discoverd in South Jersey.
by John Harvey
Tue Mar 05, 2013 8:06 am
 
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Re: 41 foot Japanese Umbrella Pine | SW Portland

Now see Mario, thats how you can tell a real tree fanatic from an ordinary guy who just likes trees. Photographing a 41ft tall tree. :) Reminds me of when I first met the wife and we were out all day measuring 20+ ft CBH Oaks and Sycamores. Suddenly I run into the woods all excited to measure a 13ft CBH American Beech. She said, "Come on John, this is getting out of hand, if your gona measure that tiny tree you might as well measure the entire forest." I said, "No you dont understand, its a BEECH! Its huge!" Lol. When your a tree lover you just have a different perspective on things.
by John Harvey
Wed Mar 13, 2013 10:47 pm
 
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Sequoia Sempervirens or Sequoiadendron Giganteum

I need an opinion from some of you, whether or not you have visited these trees. Ok, so as Ive mentioned, Im taking a trip to CA in three weeks. I was going to drive up the coast and hit Montgomery Woods, PCreek SP, Humbolt Redwoods SP, and finally Jed Smith SP. Spending about a day in each park, hiking and exploring. At least thats what I planned. Now Im thinking about going to the Sierra Nevadas to see the Giant Sequoias instead.
I cant make up my mind. I have five days to spend and thats it, cant be away from work for too long. Anyhow, it would be my first time to see either species. What would you do? Do you think I could visit both in five days? Is that possible, or would I just be rushing around and doing too much driving? Ranger Dan did give me alot of good info and am wondering if there would just be too much snow in the Sierras. What would you do?
by John Harvey
Tue Mar 05, 2013 8:53 pm
 
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Re: Field Report, my first trip to the redwoods w/photos...

Some of my favorite trees here, Ill post a few more later.
by John Harvey
Wed Apr 03, 2013 8:36 pm
 
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Field Report, my first trip to the redwoods w/photos...

First off let me say to those who have never been...you must go at least once before you die. Even if it means selling all your baseball cards, buying a used car instead of a new one, or taking out a second mortgage. I will be going at least once a year from here on out, as soon as this August for a more extensive hiking/searching trip.
I made this trip with my wife and my 1 year old son. Of course I wouldn't have it any other way, however it did limit a lot of what I could have done in 5 days. I was caring the 30 lb little guy in a baby backpack almost the whole time so unfortunately I didn't make it back to Grove Of The Titans or hike Boyscout Trail for safety reasons. Next time I will. That being said I was able to make it to, Muir Woods, Montgomery Woods, Richardson Grove, Humboldt Redwoods, Prairie Creek, and Jed Smith, and even spend the last day of the trip in San Fran as a treat for my wife who hiked many miles with me.
My first instinct, after the pure Awe of so many big trees was to immediately find the largest ones I could, known or unknown. I broke my 100ft tape in the process but did visit 6 or 7 trees over 50ft CBH and many 40+. I located the famed Arco Giant, 11th largest coast redwood, Giant Tree, Big Tree, Brotherhood Tree, and many more without much work, with the fam tagging behind. In the process I did come up with different observations and opinions:

1 I always thought that Muir woods would be a waste of time and many seem to trash it online. However, I was here between 7am and 9am before the traffic started and I found it wonderful. The trees are all a brilliant red, not the drab grey of the northern trees. Even though they are not as big as the parks to the north, they kind of set me up for what I could expect and knowing the trees were only getting bigger was exciting.

2 Montgomery woods is a B@!* to get to. The drive up Orr Springs Road can tie knots in your gut with all the loops and dangerous twists but the pay off is amazing. Isolated, gigantic, tall, blazing red trees. Breathtaking and peaceful.

3 From what I saw, Prairie creek is a better visit than Jed Smith as a whole and is my favorite all around park. minus the grove of the Titans, I would say its trees are bigger too, on average.

4 Aside from what RedwoodHikes.com (great website) says, I found Founders Grove to be more enjoyable than Stout Grove. The trees are taller obviously and other than the Stout Tree, the trees are bigger. If the Dyerville Giant was still standing, founders grove would blow it away. (As long as your there early in the AM)

5 Something that's not mentioned much that makes the JSSP and PCRSP so grand are the large Sitka Spruce and Douglass Fur along side the redwoods.
I took hundreds of photos but below Ill post some of my favorites.
by John Harvey
Wed Apr 03, 2013 8:27 pm
 
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Re: Fused redwoods

Here is a nice fused tree from Montgomery woods that I'm sure Mark has seen a few times. I didn't measure it. There's also a huge fused wall of wood in Prairie Creek on the nature trail by the visitors center.
by John Harvey
Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:38 pm
 
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Re: HRSP: Johnson Trail Camp/Douglas Fir/Redwood Question

I know when I reached Prairie Creek RSP I was really impressed with the Sitka Spruce and Fir there and in Jed Smith. When I was in Humboldt, I mostly hiked around the flats and hardly saw anything of decent size except for Redwood of course. To me, seeing those OG trees left just as much of an impression as the redwoods themselves. I just wish I had gotten more photos of them.
by John Harvey
Mon May 13, 2013 7:58 am
 
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Arborglyph bamboo?

So I was walking through my local zoo the other day and noticed that almost every stalk of bamboo had something carved into it. I'm used to beech being carved but bamboo?
by John Harvey
Thu May 16, 2013 12:33 pm
 
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Amazing Old Growth photos of the Eastern US (Video)

I came cross this video someone suggested. It documents, in photos, past old growth trees of the Eastern US. I still cant get over the SIZE of the Eastern Red Cedar here. WOW! Not to mention the Hemlock and Chestnut. Enjoy. The second link is my "Worlds 40 Greatest Trees" video, in case you haven't seen it.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZYmN76QBf8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhFXkjM0bXM
by John Harvey
Mon Jul 22, 2013 9:10 pm
 
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Re: ID this tree

Ill be getting a rangefinder soon. I found two eastern white pines that are the two tallest trees I've ever seen in NJ. I cant wait to get an accurate height on them.
by John Harvey
Thu Aug 01, 2013 7:31 am
 
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Re: Dyerville Giant

Finally found the photo I was looking for! The standing Dyerville Giant. Phtoto is from 1981.
by John Harvey
Thu Aug 01, 2013 12:36 pm
 
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Re: Photos of Burls

In case anyone didn't see my Facebook post. Here is a photo I took today of a white oak burl in Williamstown New Jersey. Its the largest non-redwood burl Ive ever seen. It wraps almost all the way around the tree. 23ft CBH.
by John Harvey
Mon Aug 05, 2013 4:52 pm
 
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New Jersey's two largest Bald Cypress Trees

Just thought I'd post some photos of the two largest known Bald Cypress trees in the state. Both are located on the same street in Salem County NJ. The first is the state champ at 25'3" CBH, 72' tall, 60' spread, for 390 points. The second is 20'5" CBH. I haven't calculated the height or spread yet. Enjoy.
by John Harvey
Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:12 pm
 
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Goodbye Redwoods, Hello Marijuana

I'm posting this video because its a real eye opener. We all know the destructive history of logging in northern California and the Northwest as a whole. We also know that a large portion of this clear-cut land has been left to regrow. Well not only is this second growth being destroyed, but apparently the protected old growth is also starting to be invaded for illegal marijuana growing.
I'm not some anti-pot smoking prohibitionist nor am I a burnt out hippie but come on! Either LEGALIZE it and REGULATE it or crack down on it! I predict that soon you will see clear-cuts in the middle of places like, Jedediah Smith, Humboldt, and Prairie Creek Redwood State Parks in the near future. Did you know that if you walk through the famous Founders Grove, and head a little north...your smack in the middle of a nice pot operation complete with greenhouses ect? There are two there matter of fact and three years ago this land was forested redwoods. Look on Google earth, its right there.
I'm all for not widening hwy 101 through Richardson Grove because it would remove a few old growth Redwoods. There's a lot of outrage and groups of people that meet to protest over this while lighting up joints that were manufactured by tearing down Redwood trees. It would be funny if it wasn't so pathetic.
Enjoy the video.


http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2013/02/google-earth-tour-marijuana-farms-environment-video
by John Harvey
Fri Aug 09, 2013 9:37 am
 
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