Walker Cove Big Ivy/Coleman Boundary NC

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Re: Walker Cove Big Ivy/Coleman Boundary NC

Post by bbeduhn » Mon Jan 04, 2021 9:26 am

I checked out an unnamed trail in the North Fork area of Big Ivy. I'd been on the trail once before but just did a cursory measuring of tulips where the trail ended. A few topped 150'. I got up above the trail and found some older trees, some likely surpassing 150 years, but no old growth forest in this spot. The terrain is moderate to steep, with a good mix of species. Red hickory, a species that is conspicuously absent in most of Big Ivy, really shines, with four trees of stellar quality.

red hickory C. ovalis
142.8' 43.52m 138.3' 42.15m 138.1' 42.09m 137.5' 41.91m 123.7' 37.70m

tuliptree L. tulipifera
148.5' 45.26m 147.7' 45.01m 143.9' 43.86m

white oak Q. alba
125.1' 38.13m 122.3' 37.27m 121.2' 36.94m 121.2' 36.94m

N red oak Q. rubra
125.9' 38.37m 123.3' 37.58m

chestnut oak Q. montana
126.5' 38.55m

black locust R. pseudoacacia
124.4' 37.82m 123.3' 37.58m

sugar maple A. saccharum
120.5' 36.72m

black gum N. sylvatica
93.0' 28.34m

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Re: Walker Cove Big Ivy/Coleman Boundary NC

Post by bbeduhn » Mon Jan 04, 2021 9:46 am

North Fork, along road

Last winter, I found a few coves of old growth right on the side of the road. After measuring some red hickories, I drove up a bit further to remeasure some second growth tulips that went as high as 156'. I got out of the car and was immediately distracted by the forest just above the road. After a short, steep scramble, I was greeted with fantastic old growth forest. This is the lowest altitude old growth I've encountered in Big Ivy. Finally, yellow buckeye gets a chance to shine. I'd located a huge, old growth buckeye about 1,000 feet higher in elevation, but that was the only significant buckeye I'd found until this cove. The other species that thrives in here is sugar maple. The tallest matches the tallest found in Big Ivy. It has a complex, thick crown. When I go back for the second growth tulips, I'll climb a little higher and see if it is a few feet taller, like I suspect.

The old growth comprises 10-12 acres. It's between cove hardwood and northern hardwood composition. Tulips have moved in. Just one two old growth tulips are present, both in the four foot diameter range. They are not particularly tall. A fallen sugar maple is easily four feet in diameter,

sugar maple A. saccharum
135.1' 41.17m 132.1' 40.26m 130.8' 39.86m 128.0' 39.01m 126.0' 38.40m 118.8' 36.21m

yellow buckeye A. flava
138.4' 42.18m 126.0' 38.40m

white basswood T. heterophylla
139.0' 42.36m 131.1' 39.96m 129.2' 39.38m

cucumbertree M. acuminata
129.9' 39.59m 125.4' 38.22m

hophornbeam O. virginiana
55.1' 16.79m 54.6' 16.64m

tuliptree L. tulipifera
160.1' 48.79m 151.1' 46.05m 147.7' 45.01m 147.2' 44.86m 145.5' 44.34m 145.2' 44.25m

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Re: Walker Cove Big Ivy/Coleman Boundary NC

Post by bbeduhn » Mon Jan 04, 2021 10:05 am

North Fork Rucker

RHI 10 = 142.56' 43.45m
RHI 5 = 149.28' 45.50m

1. tuliptree L. tulipifera 160.3' 45.86m
2. Biltmore ash F. biltmoreana 149.6' 45.59m
3. white pine P. strobus 147.5' 44.95m
4. N red oak Q. rubra 146.2' 44.56m
5. red hickory C. ovalis 142.8' 43.52m
6. white basswood T. heterophylla 139.0' 42.36m
7. yellow buckeye A. flava 138.4' 42.18m
8. cucumbertree M. acuminata 135.4' 41.27m
9. sugar maple A. saccharum 135.1' 41.1m
10. black cherry P. serotina 131.3' 40.02m


Big Ivy Rucker

RHI 10 = 147.23' 44.87m
RHI 5 = 154.60' 47.12m

1. white pine P. strobus 166.4' 50.71m
2. tuliptree L. tulipifera 163.4' 49.80m
3. Biltmore ash F. biltmoreana 149.6' 45.59m
4. E hemlock Ts. canadensis 147.4' 44.92m
5. N red oak Q. rubra 146.2' 44.56m
6. red hickory C. ovalis 142.8' 43.52m
7. pignut hickory C. glabra 141.1' 43.00m
8. white basswood T. heterophylla 139.0' 42.36m
9. yellow buckeye A. flava 138.4' 42.18m
10. cucumbertree M. acuminata 138.0' 42.06m

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Re: Walker Cove Big Ivy/Coleman Boundary NC

Post by bbeduhn » Mon Jan 11, 2021 10:38 am

I went back to check on the new, tall sugar maple, and several other coves along 197. My visit was cut short after it took several minutes to get my car unstuck from the first stop. Two inches of snow was present and the mud on the road sucked the car down a bit. I did get a remeasure on the sugar and it came out within .04' so 135.1' it is. I managed to get into the cove just below the road. The tall tulip has inched upward from 156.0' to 156.8' A decent chestnut oak and a yellow birch were found.

chestnut oak Q. montana 126.0' 38.4 m

tuliptree L. tulipifera 156.8' 47.79m 150.3' 45.81m

yellow birch B. alleghenisensis 100.3' 30.57m

sugar maple A. saccharum 124.8' 38.04m

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