138.5 foot loblolly pine in Durham, NC

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138.5 foot loblolly pine in Durham, NC

Post by pdbrandt » Fri Jan 18, 2013 6:46 pm

I've been pouring over the NC LIDAR data and have located a few areas of interest not far from home. I stopped at one area showing 135-145 ft pine trees on my way home this evening.

Here is the LIDAR map of the area showing a couple of points above 140 ft right along Anderson St in Durham. The key to the pixel colors is seen on the left.
138.5 foot loblolly pine along Anderson St
138.5 foot loblolly pine along Anderson St
The pines at this site are spindly bean poles that shoot straight into the air in someone's front yard. Very impressive for trees that probably aren't much more than 50 years old. The tallest of three I measured just as daylight fled is 138.5 feet tall. The LIDAR data I have access to predictably overestimates tree height by 5-15 feet depending on the steepness of the terrain. A picture wouldn't do the tree justice so I took a little video clip which you can see below:

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Pbn6o212XlI

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Pbn6o212XlI

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Larry Tucei
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Re: 138.5 foot loblolly pine in Durham, NC

Post by Larry Tucei » Fri Jan 18, 2013 7:07 pm

Patrick, Way cool. Lidar is the stuff!! Larry

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