24, 2004 18:40 PDT
climb of the splendid Henry David Thoreau pine in Monroe State
Forest went off today without a hitch. Climbers were Bob Van
Pelt, Will Blozan, and Ed Coyle. The tree was taped. Its
official height is 160.8 feet. It's girth is 12.5 feet. It is
one heck of a tree.
Lots more to come.
Pine Climb Gallery
25, 2004 13:53 PDT
Thank-you for hosting another superb event and for giving me the
opportunity to present on Cook Forest. The hikes and exploration
MTSF and MSF were great. MTSF really is a super site. The
the area is enough to make it special, let alone the old and
trees. Bob, your hospitality was legendary. The whole event was
incredible opportunity to soak up information from those who
studying various ecological parameters for years. My brain is
25, 2004 18:52 PDT
and me, both, Dale. i am absolutely amazed at the strength of
this list and the spirit which energized this entire forest
summit. i was glad to have been a small part. Not to
mention..<g> still surprised i lasted through those hikes
which seemed primarily to be uphill..
26, 2004 05:08 PDT
Yep, it seems that no matter where the target tree is, it is in
Yes, the forest summit and ENTS rendezvous reflected the spirit
we individually feel. It was one heck of an event. But alas, it
officially ended about 3/4ths of hour ago when I dropped Bob Van
off at the airport and I don't mind admitting, I now feel a
However, the memories will linger. What an absolutely wonderful
experience and to have so many of you staying at my house. If it
have been any better, darned if I could think of a way.
The climb on Sunday by Will Blozan, Bob Van Pelt, and Ed Coyle
historic is some respects. It was a climb of New England's only
member of the elite 12 x 160 club. Yes, the Henry David Thoreau
the lone member of that club. BVP recalculated its height at
and its girth properly determined at mid-slope at 12.3 feet. So
Thoreau pine in Monroe State Forest enters the record books as
member of the exclusive 12 x 160 club. Our less exclusive 12 x
has three New England members.
My good buddy Will Blozan also added handsomely to the tall tree
He confirmed three new state records: a black cherry, a yellow
and a mockernut hickory. The black cherry and the yellow birch
in the Trout Brook area of MTSF. The cherry is 7.2 x 125.4 and
yellow birch is 6.8 x 102.9. The mockert nut is on Mt. Tom State
Reservation and is a modest 4.1 x 87.3.
Will also remeasured the crumbling sugar maple champion at 11.4
133.1 feet. The Rucker Index for MTSF now stands at 134.4. I
that in time it will fall into the mid 133s where it will likely
Will found a 10.3 x 132.0 sugar maple in Trout Brook that stands
over as the champion if the 133-footer falls. Will also
confirmed a new
6.8 x 143.5 white ash at the base of Todd Mtn. That is one sweet
In William Cullen Bryant, we re-measured the Bryant pine to 10.3
156.7 feet and Will confirmed a new 150. It is the Jack Sobon
8.4 x 153.0.
So, Will's keen eye came in very handy and energized me to
looking for tree champs within Mohawk. We're not quite done yet.
One really fine surprise was Lee Frelich's surprise visit. He
rolling in with Tom Diggins. Now that was WAY COOL. It is always
to see Lee and here his extremely important interpretations.
Not to leave anyone out, Dale Luthringer, Howard Stoner, and
Eichholz helped scour for new tree champs.
Yes, it was sweet. More on the event in the next e-mail. Lots
New List. 12 x 160 and other thoughts
26, 2004 11:09 PDT
Courtesy of Will's, Bob's, and Ed's Sunday
climb, the Thoreau pine in
Monroe State Forest takes its position at the top of the list as
Massachusetts's only pine with combined dimensions of a 12-foot
greater circumference and a 160-foot or greater height. However,
impressive as the Thoreau pine is our job is not yet complete.
Pelt believes (with ample justification) that the huge
in Anders Run, PA that Dale measured is larger. I would imagine
trunk and limb volume exceeds 1250 cubic feet. Perhaps that
will be the target of a future climb by the intrepid ENTS
there is the 14.2-foot x 150.1-foot Tamworth pine in New
Hemmenway State Park - measured courtesy of Lee Frelich and
in September. I suspect the Tamworth pine pushes 1350 cubic
there is the Adirondack giant in the Elders Grove near Paul
college that Howard measured. Maybe that one also can be the
target of a
One thing seems certain. The ENTS climbers are
putting these eastern forest giants on the map and the ENTS
Frank is putting them out into cyberspace. As BVP would say,
As for me, hey, I just think it is WAY COOL.
The one sure thing seems to be that the
halcyon days of ENTS have
only just begun. As I looked around my living room and kitchen
Saturday evening, I marveled at the brain trust before me and
dedication I saw. Ishgooda, my wife's Native American sister,
aware of what she was seeing and hearing. Ish has a way of
through to the core as her final presentation on Friday evening
was both eloquent and right on the mark. In an earlier e-mail,
the event and its special energy into proper perspective as she
Throughout the period of Wednesday through
this morning, but
especially on Saturday evening, I could only imagine what my
might be sensing from beyond the veil. Jani had been an integral
the ENTS spirit and in the evenings at 52 Fairfield Ave. there
It was happening in her living room. Her words echoed in my
talked so often about being blessed and privileged to host so
wonderful people, to be part of such worthy causes.
This past ENTS gathering has given me much for
which I can feel
deeply thankful and forever humbled. Thank you all. Thank you
much. Jani's spirit truly lives on.
Forest Summit Lecture Series
30, 2004 09:35 PDT
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank a score of individuals
success of the HCC/ENTS FOREST SUMMIT 2 this past week.
First of all, Bob Leverett, the co-architect of the Forest Summit
Series, whose unswerving enthusiasm and dedication for bringing
like this to the public is legendary, deserves a special thanks.
mentioned during the Summit, without Bob Leverett there would be
like this one. Bob has an uncanny ability :-) to involve all of us
preservation and education of significant trees and the special
Our speaker lineup was again truly awesome! The amount of time and
that all of the speakers donated to getting to Massachusetts and
several days with us day and evening demonstrates the dedication
has to promoting the agenda of ENTS and bringing programs to the
most heartfelt thanks to Bob Van Pelt, Will Blozan, Tom Diggins,
Luthringer, and Ishgooda for making this second summit a
Bob Leverett and I are already brainstorming for the next HCC/ENTS
SUMMIT which will most likely be held next Fall. We plan to bring
state foresters, professional foresters, forest scientists,
environmentalists to discuss forest management and the fate of the
forest. I will continue to revise our website
avaialble resources associated with the Summit and reflect our
Gary A. Beluzo
Professor of Environmental Science
Holyoke Community College
303 Homestead Avenue
Holyoke, MA 01040