Most important interesting stories of 2016

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#1)  Most important interesting stories of 2016

Postby edfrank » Sun Feb 05, 2017 6:33 pm

What do you think were the most interesting stories, most important discoveries, and interesting discoveries of 2016?  Message me with your recommendations,or post them here in a reply,  and I will put together a new issue of the NTS Magazine for the year 2016.

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#2)  Re: Most important interesting stories of 2016

Postby dbhguru » Mon Feb 06, 2017 2:45 pm

Ed,

  Thanks for taking on this Herculean task. I will begin compiling my list. I hope you'll get a good response.

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#3)  Re: Most important interesting stories of 2016

Postby Matt Markworth » Tue Feb 07, 2017 8:13 pm

Ed,

For trees that I personally made the acquaintance of, here are the ones that come to my mind for 2016:

White Pine in Red River Gorge, KY: http://ents-bbs.org/viewtopic.php?f=82&t=7437

Bur Oaks in the Darby Plains of OH: http://ents-bbs.org/viewtopic.php?f=111&t=7669#p37581

White Pine in Five Ponds Wilderness, NY: http://ents-bbs.org/viewtopic.php?f=105&t=7831

Engelmann spruce in Medicine Bow National Forest, WY: http://ents-bbs.org/viewtopic.php?f=133&t=7841

Blue spruce around Telluride, CO: http://ents-bbs.org/viewtopic.php?f=70&t=7844

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#4)  Re: Most important interesting stories of 2016

Postby Larry Tucei » Wed Feb 08, 2017 5:48 pm

Ed-   One of the most important things I did last year was to meet up with Todd Matthews the Ms State Tree Coordinator. I'm going to assist him with the Ms tree listing.   I measured some trees in a couple of areas in Ms. early 2016.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge,  viewtopic.php?f=95&t=7435                                                                                                                                                          Black Creek Wilderness Trail,  viewtopic.php?f=95&t=7450    I did a lot more at more measuring the end of 2015 some reaching 150' a milestone for our State. I can list some of those as well if I may.  Larry

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#5)  Re: Most important interesting stories of 2016

Postby Don » Wed Feb 08, 2017 9:47 pm

Ed-
I'm not sure if this is what you're looking for, but my Alaska Cadre member Thomas Witherspoon (Sitka Ranger District, Alaska) submitted an account of a big tree hunt to an American Forests blog:
http://www.americanforests.org/blog/sta ... ilderness/.
Check it out to see if it's what you are looking for, let me know...
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http://www.akbigtreelist.org

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#6)  Re: Most important interesting stories of 2016

Postby Erik Danielsen » Thu Feb 09, 2017 8:54 pm

NY definitely had a busy 2016. I'd say the biggest story was Zoar Valley's RHI finally pushing past 140. Elijah and I worked together on recounting our several days of measuring over the course of multiple BBS posts, so if it would be helpful to have it integrated and pared down into a single report let me know. http://ents-bbs.org/viewtopic.php?f=105&t=7379&start=10#p38868

Discovering a new species maximum for Black Birch at Welwyn Preserve was another highlight: http://ents-bbs.org/viewtopic.php?f=105&t=7667#p38980

Lots of measuring in various NYC parks resulted in the first RHI ever compiled for NYC: http://ents-bbs.org/viewtopic.php?f=105&t=7643

A Tuliptree on Long Island reputed to be the tallest tree in the state finally received NTS attention at Shu Swamp: http://ents-bbs.org/viewtopic.php?f=105&t=7662

Lastly, while I started measuring at Inwood Hill Park in Manhattan in 2015, 2016 yielded an unexpected state height maximum for Chestnut Oak, the tallest known Ginkgo outside Asia, NY's only 150x16-class tree, and other superlatives: http://ents-bbs.org/viewtopic.php?f=105&t=7396&start=10#p35998

Hopefully Elijah will chime in as well- between him, Matt, and myself the number of sites with 150' trees in NYS shot through the roof.

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#7)  Re: Most important interesting stories of 2016

Postby ElijahW » Fri Feb 10, 2017 9:49 pm

Ed,

The five most important stories of 2016, in my opinion, are as follows:

1. The ongoing relationship between NTS & American Forests
2. The promising development of a meaningful scientific outlet in Bob Leverett's continuing work with Virginia Tech
3. Groundbreaking surveys conducted by Bart and the team of Bart, Will, and Jess in the forests of Central America
4. Erik's continued work in NYC
5. The decision of several California expert tree hunters to not disclose publicly new super-tree finds in response to damage caused by over-visitation

Also exciting for me were Mark's pine finds in Kentucky and the Adirondacks, discovering tall Tulips and Sassafras near the species' northern limit in NY, and exploring more of Zoar Valley with Erik.

Elijah
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#8)  Re: Most important interesting stories of 2016

Postby edfrank » Thu Feb 16, 2017 12:43 am

Hello Everyone. Thank you for your input.  I have opted to create a magazine similar in format to the previous issues. In this case I have broken the years stuff down into four issues that will be released simultaneously.   They are ordered to a large degree by when the last post in the thread appeared as I went from the oldest to newest on the recent topics list. It is all compiled  There will be a few days before they are released because I need to write an editorial for the first issue, check for problems, and make sure the formatting is mostly good.  I have taken all of your comments into consideration.  Thank you.

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