Marsh-billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park Project

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#11)  Re: Marsh-billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park Projec

Postby Erik Danielsen » Mon Jul 07, 2014 12:16 am

Given that the scars occur so uniformly on both the maples I'd be inclined to suspect they resulted from interaction with a wire fence at some point in the past. They do seem to be present in a bit of a "boundary zone."
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#12)  Re: Marsh-billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park Projec

Postby ElijahW » Mon Jul 07, 2014 6:12 am

Erik Danielsen wrote:Given that the scars occur so uniformly on both the maples I'd be inclined to suspect they resulted from interaction with a wire fence at some point in the past. They do seem to be present in a bit of a "boundary zone."


I'll second that, Erik.  Both maples appear to have the same scar pattern at the same height:  three lines in parallel.  Barbed wire fences are often three or four strands at about that height, and that's what I suspect is the cause, though it could also be a wooden plank fence.

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#13)  Re: Marsh-billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park Projec

Postby Joe » Mon Jul 07, 2014 7:48 am

adam.rosen wrote:Are those old skid scars, or sleigh scars, on the left side maple?


wild guess, but I suggest they indicate where some sort of fence ran along the trees way back....
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#14)  Re: Marsh-billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park Projec

Postby adam.rosen » Thu Oct 02, 2014 8:52 pm

Fall is pretty spectacular this year.  Not too late for a trip to Vermont.  Lots of nice places here.
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#15)  Re: Marsh-billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park Projec

Postby adam.rosen » Thu Jul 07, 2016 1:22 pm

               
                       
hemlock at Marsh Billings, one of them.jpg
                                       
               
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I was at Marsh Billings again this past week.  I was able to see the champion white pine tree, and walk more of the trails there.  In addition to the abundant second growth pines and spruces, the site hosts a variety of aged hemlock trees.  Some date to the early plantation plantings, and I was able to count 137 rings on a small specimen.  

There are hemlock and maple trees at what appears nearly the maximum height for their species in this location.  I have attached two photographs, not for the height of the trees, but the length of the bole.  The top one is of a hemlock, below is a maple.  A hemlock inventory of the north side of the park might yield a dozen or so OG hemlock.

I surveyed one that had broken off at about a 30 foot snap.  I paced off each section of down and dead hemlock--it was like an old style photo of OG logging from 100 years ago.  This tree had over 60 feet of limbless branches.  The only comparable "mess" I have ever seen was a blowdown in the Elder's Grove in the Adirondaks.

I would enjoy the opportunity to survey and see the hemlocks and maples at Marsh Billings--I suspect there are many 100 footers, at least, in this park.
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