31, 2003 07:28 PDT
Yesterday I joined Jess Riddle in a Carolina hemlock hunt in
We found some beauties (though well into serious decline from
HWA) and broke
the height record for the species four times!
9'3" x 93.65'
5'7" x 95.72'
6'10" x 101.8'
7' x 101.86'
8'7" x 102.55'
6'5" x 109.47' Breaks old record by 11' or so!
These trees only have a few years left as HWA is rampant and
From the overlooks all hemlocks were gray and some dead ones may
attributed to HWA but I am not sure. Needles were falling like
Scored in Linville
01, 2003 17:06 PDT
Those are some great finds. I went out there last month,
following a lead of
big Carolinas around the base of Hawksbill mountain. There were
a few nice
ones, but I only measured one, I hadn't sent a report because I
wanted to go
back and measure some more, which I haven't done yet, of course.
on subject, though...The one I measured was the largest I saw,
circumference, 108 feet tall. The spread was nearly fifty feet,
beauty. I intend to go back, but travel around there is very
with layers of forest on shelves covered with slabs between
steeply down into the gorge. Some of the rock terraces had
mountain pines and pitch pines. A very cool place. It was sad to
see so much
HWA, on trees already stressed by years of drought, many already
with elongate scale.
few back-logged tree hunts
21, 2004 15:41 PST
Oh where to start! The last few weeks have been very busy! The
climbs of the Middleton Oak (SC) and the Sag Branch Tuliptree
(NC) have left
me dazed and in wonderment of the new information coming out of
exploits! I am embarrassed to have not even mentioned the great
unsurpassed) live oak as one of the East's biggest trees in the
edition of "Stalking the Forest Monarchs"! Shame on
us... but now we know!
Anyway, I wanted to share a few trips I have done lately...
Full text of this report including material from other
localities in this report.
Linville gorge with Dr. Robert Van Pelt.
This was Bob's
introduction to native Carolina hemlock. Glad he saw them before
dead from HWA!
Carolina hemlock 10' X 96'
" 7'6" X 100.79'
" 9'3" X 81.52'
" 10'9" X 90'
" 7' X 109.55'
17, 2004 06:51 PDT
Linville Gorge, with somewhere in the vicinity of 10,000 uncut
the largest uncut tract in the southern Appalachians outside of
Smokies that I can think of off the top of my head. Cutting
some flat areas around the rim of the gorge and probably along
stretch of the river, but extensive cliffs and large areas of
conditions resulted in the rest of the area being untouched.
In terms of big trees, Linville Gorge is best known for carolina
Stands of large trees, including a former national champion and
tallest known tree in the wild, grow on the gentle slopes at the
the gorge, and picturesque individuals perch at the top of
along the river. Eastern hemlocks, white pines, tuliptrees and
are big trees in the gorge, but do not achieve the sizes the
elsewhere in the southern Appalachians.
17, 2004 07:08 PDT
My best memory about Linville Gorge is having hiked all over the
Grandfather Mountain and being there at sunrise. That part of
the Blue Ridge
really impressed me when I was still based in New England and
the only sunrise
place I have been to that was more impressive in the East was
Mountain in Arcadia NP. I know the Linville Viaduct on the Blue
probably was a very long time coming but they appear to have
done a good job of
protecting the area.