A big Pitch Pine on Kings Mountain

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James Parton
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A big Pitch Pine on Kings Mountain

Post by James Parton » Tue Oct 19, 2010 12:32 pm

ENTS,

Last Saturday, Sarah and I went on a hike up and around Kings Mountain which is located just outside of Dana NC. My main goal of this trip was to get a close look at and photograph native Datura plants that I had observed on the site in the past. It turned out that the field where the plants had been seen in the past had been cut and no plants were to be found. But I did measure a nice Pitch Pine at the mountain's summit. While not tall ( 56.6 ft ) this stocky tree boasted a girth of 8' 2 1/4 inches! Not bad.

I also noticed that a nice White Pine that I measured in a ravine almost two years ago has since died. The tree had been measured at 10' 8" cbh and 117.3 feet tall. It's base had been cluttered with dead branches and a lot of other debris around it and the tree choked midway up with Kudzu vine. It was a nice tree. I am just glad I could do it of some service by measuring and documenting it before it's death. May it rest in peace. I had measured it in winter when the vine had died off.

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Re: A big Pitch Pine on Kings Mountain

Post by slheller » Wed Oct 20, 2010 6:44 am

James,
Thank you for keeping pitch pines present in the ENTS discussions. I share your adoration of these amazing but under-valued trees. Our group, Friends of Myles Standish State Forest (MSSF), has begun the Pine Barrens Community Initiative (PBCI) http://www.friendsmssf.com/pinebarrenshome.html here in southeastern MA, in an attempt to promote and preserve the pitch pine-scrub oak forest in our region. The MSSF is at the heart of the 2nd largest tract of unbroken pine barrens remaining in the world. We are looking for sources of information on pitch pine to include on our website and we need all the help we can get if we are to make the PBCI a success.

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Re: A big Pitch Pine on Kings Mountain

Post by James Parton » Wed Oct 20, 2010 11:24 am

I agree, Pitch Pine is a neglected species that needs more attention brought to it. I have read much of the Pine Barrens of New Jersey but know little of the one in Massachusetts. People like You and Friends of MSSF and our NJPB specialist Barry Casselli help bring much needed attention to these Pitch Pine barrens.

I have started a North Carolina list of Pitch Pine based on girth with a minimum size of 7' cbh. I need to update it a bit though. Will Blozan measured one in the Ramble section of Biltmore Forest that was sizeable. Hey, Will, what were the measurements? I have forgotten.

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