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Post by tsharp » Sun Nov 29, 2020 9:55 pm

Neal Island is one of he Islands that make up the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge.
See post about a previous visit in 2012 at:

This visit made on 11/20/20 was for the purpose to remeasure some state record holders last measured in April of 2012. The new measurements are as follows:
Eastern Cottonwood (Populus deltoides) 15.1' x 128.9'
American Elm (Ulu'mus americana) 8.4' x 108.2'
Boxelder (Acer negundo) 5.3' x 78.1'
Paw Paw (Asimina triloba) 2.2' x 58.2'
Red Mulberry ( Morus rubra) 7.7' x 40.5'
All five trees still hold their status as the tallest of their species in West Virginia.
They are apparently doing well with one exception. The Red Mulberry is being overtopped with vines of several species and will suffer the consequences.
Other notable trees include:
Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) 18.1' x 133.2'
Eastern Cottonwood (Populus deltoides) 12.5' x 115.7'
One Sycamore with Bald Eagle nest on main channel side of island.
The 8-10' high Japanese Knotweed is still thriving, albiet with dry canes, with the stinging nettles still doing their job in late November,

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