Noxubee NWR Douglas Bluff

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Larry Tucei
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Noxubee NWR Douglas Bluff

Post by Larry Tucei » Tue Jan 20, 2015 9:54 pm

NTS- Douglas Bluff is a ridge that follows along Octok Creek east for a mile then turns south for one more. A beautiful area an one of my favorite places on the Refuge.
East Corner of Douglas Bluff
East Corner of Douglas Bluff
East Bluff
East Bluff
Typical Bottomland species Oak, Hickory, Sycamore, Ash, Cypress,etc. with some mixed Pine grow near and along the Bluff with mostly Loblolly on the ridge.
Bluff looking North
Bluff looking North
Bluff looking South
Bluff looking South
A photo of Pachysandra procumbens and Fern growing everywhere on the edge of the slope.
Pachysandra procumbens
Pachysandra procumbens
Fern.jpg
Cherry Bark Oak 11' 7"  132'
Cherry Bark Oak 11' 7" 132'
Bald Cypress CBH 18-20'
Bald Cypress CBH 18-20'
Cypress 90'
Cypress 90'
I found a nice Cypress in the Creek that was 90' tall with the top blowed out and around 18-20' CBH. I then traveled west toward my goal of the tall Loblollies that Lidar had found.
Octok Grove 2
Octok Grove 2
The Oktoc Pine Grove contained around 13 trees in the 130' class with two in the 140' range.
Octok Grove
Octok Grove
I measured the four tallest three of which grow in a line from south to north right up to the Creek.
Pine 1
Pine 1
Oktoc Pine 1a.jpg
Pine 1 Height-142.5' CBH-8' 6", Spread-47' x 33. Paydirt!!
Pine 2
Pine 2
Pine 2 141' CBH- 9' Spread-45' x 57',
Pine 3
Pine 3
Pine 3 139.5' CBH- 8' 10" and PIne 4 138' 9' 7". Wow it was a thrill to find more 140 foot Loblollies my listing of them is growing fast. I was excited to find this beautiful grow of Pine about a .84 miles from my truck as the grow flies. I hung around them for an hour or so and watched the sunset with them before my walk out. Larry
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Will Blozan
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Re: Noxubee NWR Douglas Bluff

Post by Will Blozan » Wed Jan 21, 2015 6:59 am

Larry,

Nice pines! Isn't that herb a Pachysandra?

Will

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Re: Noxubee NWR Douglas Bluff

Post by Bart Bouricius » Wed Jan 21, 2015 8:39 am

Nice post Larry,

I do love the Southern lowland forests. The leaves of the probable pachysandra do have a similar pattern to the trillium species, though a different structure.

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Re: Noxubee NWR Douglas Bluff

Post by Larry Tucei » Wed Jan 21, 2015 11:03 am

Will and Bart- Thanks. I took a guess in naming the plant it looked similar. I should do more researh on our native plant species. Larry

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Re: Noxubee NWR Douglas Bluff

Post by Jess Riddle » Wed Jan 28, 2015 11:17 pm

Larry,

It's starting to seem like Noxubee not only has tall pines, but has a bunch of them. Congaree, which is on a whole other level for loblollies, is the only place that comes to mind where we've measured many tall 140'+ loblollies.

The Pachysandra is an interesting find too. The species is very rare in Georgia and the Carolinas, and unusual in Mississippi. The one site where I've seen it in SC had many uncommon species and some of the tallest trees in the state. Makes me wonder if Douglas Bluff might be a good place to look for tall individuals of some uncommon tree species.

Jess

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Re: Noxubee NWR Douglas Bluff

Post by Larry Tucei » Thu Jan 29, 2015 8:38 am

Jess- I believe you are right. I saw many understory trees that would have potential. It is such a cool area and such diversity where the Bluff meets the Bottomland. Larry

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