Chris wrote:I am stilling hoping to go...... so those of you camping out, what campground are you all are staying at? It would be nice to relax after a day of measuring with some adult beverages triple checking math computations. It looks like Junction Creek and Hermosa Creek are the two closest to Durango and the sites we will be visiting.
Maybe you all can make a tree measurer out of me yet! :D
dbhguru wrote:Will, Matt, Chris, et. al.,
For those who have arrived by early Aug 2nd, a group of us plan to go to Coal Bank Pass north of Durango on U.S. 550 to look for more tall Englemann spruce. I fully expect Will to break my record of 142 feet for a spruce growing at approximately two miles above sea level. He'll probably need between a half hour and an hour. Yes, it is embarrassing, but what can I say? I'll put Will's ability to quickly assess and spot tall trees on a par with anyone, anywhere.
We'll probably hike up the Engineer Mountain Trail for a mile or so, looking for tall trees. So, this won't about hiking, but searching and measuring tall trees. Hopefully, we can catalog a large number of them, compute some statistics, and later write a report for the Mountain Studies Institute and the San Juan NF. I think an NTS-MSI partnership is a possibility. But we need more than isolated tree measurements to give them something useful. I think Dr. Rob Blair of MSI may join us.
We plan to leave Durango at around 10:00AM. So, Matt, if you (or you and Chris) are at Hermosa campground, you'll be ideally positioned. BTW, BVP will be part of the group. Anyone who hasn't met Bob Van Pelt, be prepared to meet a living legend.
We will probably plan a short outing on Aug 3rd. I don't know where it would be yet.
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