Delta National Forest Overcup Natural Research Area

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Larry Tucei
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Delta National Forest Overcup Natural Research Area

Post by Larry Tucei » Wed Jan 22, 2014 3:09 pm

NTS- Joe Blount Trail in the Delta National Forest is located approximately ½ mile south of the Sweetgum Natural Research Area and is about 1 ¼ miles in length. The marked trail ends here at a planted food plot but the trail continues on toward the west another mile or so to Dawling Bayou. I walked in and around the trail to about 1.5 miles measuring several different species of trees. The Overcup Natural Research Area is located here somewhere around one half mile but is not marked clearly. It is another 40 acre tract of large trees with larger Overcup, Sweetgum, Oak, Ash, and so on. The Overcup Oak here where no larger than any I saw in the Sweetgum Natural Research Area. Sweetgum seemed to dominate this area of the Forest with mixed Overcup, Oak, Locust, Sycamore, Maple or Elm and Ash. Most of the trees in and near the trail are in the 120’ class with the exceptional ones reaching into the high 130’ class. I measured a huge Willow much taller than the one I found near the Sweetgum Area, some large Red Oaks which I think must be Cherry Bark Oak, one tall Sweetgum, a Pecan I believe, Green Ash, and Cottonwood. Willow Oak 138' 14’2" 84' x 90' Pin Oak 136.5’ 15’1” 105’ x 112.5’, 126.5’ 12’2 Sweetgum 132' Pecan 120.5’ 7’3” Green Ash 129’ 8’5” 123.5’ 10’6” Overcup 115’ 9’2” 110’ 8’4” Cottonwood 120.5’ 8’2”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delta_National_Forest, http://www.stateparks.com/delta_nationa ... sippi.html, http://www.mdwfp.com/wildlife-hunting/w ... lower.aspx, http://www.riverwoodsrpc.org/Windows/OaksPin.html “The Delta National Forest is located in Sharkey County north of Vicksburg, Mississippi, within the floodplain of the Mississippi River. It is one of the few hardwood forests remaining in the Mississippi Delta and the only bottomland hardwood national forest in the nation.

Seen from the air, the Delta National Forest glimmers like a great, green jewel surrounded by lazy rivers and spreading agricultural fields. Delta is a large, contiguous block of bottomland hardwood forest, seasonally flooded timber, and small sloughs draining into the Big and Little Sunflower Rivers in the Yazoo Basin of the Mississippi River. It is the only bottomland hardwood ecosystem in the National Forest System.

The Delta National Forest contains over 60,000 acres of bottomland hardwoods and forested wetlands. Annually, the Forest pumps 3 of 5 greentree reservoirs to improve wintering waterfowl conditions; plants portions of over 100 acres of wildlife food plots; maintains 87 primitive campsites and over 50 miles of all-terrain vehicle (ATV) trails; and harvests over 3 million board feet of timber.

The Delta National Forest is an important partner in the Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture, one of the emphasis areas of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, providing important habitat to wintering, migrating, and resident birds.”

Larry
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Trail coming out
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Overcup Oak
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Re: Delta National Forest Overcup Natural Research Area

Post by Jess Riddle » Tue Jan 28, 2014 9:24 pm

Larry,

I ran across this summer on a study of the forests in the area http://2011.botanyconference.org/engine ... il&aid=686. They report overcup oak, American elm, and nuttall oak as the dominant species in the area. Your nuttall oak and willow oak look like particularly impressive trees.

Jess

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Re: Delta National Forest Overcup Natural Research Area

Post by Larry Tucei » Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:23 am

Jess- Thanks for the link. The Overcup in that area were only to 120' while the Sweetgum and Oak reached 130's. The Nutall and Willow were much larger than most of the trees in the area. Larry

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Re: Delta National Forest Overcup Natural Research Area

Post by Bart Bouricius » Thu Jan 30, 2014 6:43 am

Great post Larry, I am assuming this is floodplain? It's nice to see seriously mature floodplain trees like this as the flat land encourages easy logging.

Joe

Re: Delta National Forest Overcup Natural Research Area

Post by Joe » Thu Jan 30, 2014 6:52 am

Larry, the 7th photo shows a lot of vines- do you know the species? Just curious.
Joe

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Re: Delta National Forest Overcup Natural Research Area

Post by Larry Tucei » Thu Jan 30, 2014 12:45 pm

Bart- Thanks. Yes it is Floodplain but is now kept in check my Levees that run the length of the Yazoo River, Big Black River and the Ms River. This Forest was cut almost completely over in the1930's except for a few areas and it would have periodically flooded before the Levee systems. They now have Greentrees and some manmade canals that are flooded for Wildlife. http://www.ducks.org/mississippi/missis ... nt-project. Joe- Maybe Muscadine, Poison Ivy, Supplejack, Wintergrape, Greenbriar or Peppervine. These are the more common vines. Larry

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