North Mills River Sycamore

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James Parton
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North Mills River Sycamore

Post by James Parton » Tue Sep 28, 2010 11:31 pm

ENTS,

Check out this nice American Sycamore I measured off North Mills River Rd last Saturday. It was 14' 11 inches in girth and 92.2 feet tall. It could be a bit taller since the top of this full crowned tree is full of leaves this time of year making it a bit hard to find the highest point. An impending rainstorm kept me from moving around to find a better vantage point. I barely had time to measure the tree before the rain began.

James
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Re: North Mills River Sycamore

Post by RyanLeClair » Wed Sep 29, 2010 8:53 pm

Very nice tree! It's funny, Colby Rucker once referred to sycamores as "boorish" (or something to that effect), but for all their ruggedness they are truly lovable. It makes you proud to be an American, where we have the Sycamore, elm, sequoia, white pine, and countless other iconic trees.

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Re: North Mills River Sycamore

Post by RyanLeClair » Wed Sep 29, 2010 8:59 pm

Speaking of sycamores, here's a picture of the Pinchot/Little Pinchot Sycamore. The first photo is of my favorite sycamore. It grows in Elizabethtown, PA.
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Re: North Mills River Sycamore

Post by James Parton » Wed Sep 29, 2010 11:21 pm

Do you have any idea how tall this sycamore is? It looks pretty dern tall!
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Re: North Mills River Sycamore

Post by RyanLeClair » Thu Sep 30, 2010 1:00 pm

Haha yea, it is a tall tree. It is probably 105-115 feet tall. I can't give an exact height because I don't have a clinometer with me at school.
I would use the yardstick-sine method, but I'm just too embarrassed about doing it around a lot of people. I don't think the locals would understand.

PS. -- the trunk at breast height is about four feet thick

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Re: North Mills River Sycamore

Post by James Parton » Thu Sep 30, 2010 1:08 pm

Yeah, we ENTS often get strange looks from others. I often get asked " what are you doing " when measuring trees. People usually think it's cool once you explain it to them.
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Re: North Mills River Sycamore

Post by jamesrobertsmith » Thu Sep 30, 2010 8:33 pm

James Parton wrote:ENTS,

Check out this nice American Sycamore I measured off North Mills River Rd last Saturday. It was 14' 11 inches in girth and 92.2 feet tall. It could be a bit taller since the top of this full crowned tree is full of leaves this time of year making it a bit hard to find the highest point. An impending rainstorm kept me from moving around to find a better vantage point. I barely had time to measure the tree before the rain began.

James
How close is that to the North Mills River campground in the National Forest?

You need to get a small tripod to photograph yourself with the trees to show some human/tree scale.

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Re: North Mills River Sycamore

Post by James Parton » Thu Sep 30, 2010 11:31 pm

JRS,

The tree is located not far from where North Mills River Rd joins the main highway. If you take a right onto N Mills River Rd coming from the direction of the airport the tree is on the right, close to the road fairly near a house. You can see it when you make the turn off the highway.

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