North Carolina Trip April 2008  

TOPIC: NC trip

== 1 of 4 ==
Date: Wed, Apr 2 2008 6:27 am
From: John Eichholz


Well, I am finally back and settled from my whirlwind visit to North
Carolina. There sure are lots of fine trees (and people) there!

My first stop was Chapel Hill, where I was attending a food cooperative
conference (my day job is to manage a food coop.) Our hotel was on the
campus of UNC Chapel Hill, which has many fine lawn trees, an arboretum,
and a forest preserve, all right on campus. During my breaks, I managed
to fit in two excursions to the forest and proceeded to be baffled by
southern tree id. I think my first post on the subject had some serious
errors, so I will try to correct my mistakes by replacing that list with
this one:

Coker Arboretum

97.3'h 12.4'c Pinus Glabra (Walters Pine)

62.1'h 7.4'c River Birch

85.1'h 6.1'c Dawn Redwood

75.8'h 13.9'c Overcup Oak

Battle Park

98.0'h 6.8'c American Beech

106.4'h 6.6'c American Beech

108.8'h 6.7'c American Beech

106.2'h 8.4'c Northern White Oak

116.6'h 8.1'c Northern White Oak

120.5'h 8.2'c Northern White Oak

112.3'h 5.0'c Pignut Hickory

123.3'h 6.3'c Pignut Hickory

122.7'h 9.4'c Sweet Gum

109.7'h nt Sycamore

121.4'h 11.3'c Tuliptree "Monarch of the Forest"

130.3'h 8.3'c Tuliptree

135.9'h 8.6'c Tuliptree

121.8'h 9.8'c White Ash

Together with Will's listing, we can compile an initial Rucker Index for
the campus:

135.9 Tuliptree

135.3 Loblolly Pine (WB)

123.3 Pignut Hickory

122.7 Sweetgum

121.8 White Ash

120.5 Northern White Oak

120 Northern Red Oak (est.) (WB) (UNC Botanical Gardens)

119.9 Southern Red Oak (WB)

116.3 American Elm (WB) (UNC Botanical Gardens)

109.7 Sycamore

Rucker Index for UNC Chapel Hill: 122.5

Most of the trees I measured in Battle Park were on or near Battle
Branch Creek, which is flanked by the main trail system of the park. The
"Monarch of the Forest" (listed on the trail map as such) is in a small
cove north of the creek, and the Sweet Gum is at the parking lot of the
Forest Theatre. You can find a trail map here:

I was impressed with the pride and care displayed by the campus
community to their trees. While I was there, an issue of the Campus
newspaper had a long article about the trees of campus. (Can be found
There is a policy of protecting trees from any construction damage, and
if damage occurs, to replace the tree on a crown area basis. There is
even a myth that the health of the Davies Poplar, so named after the
founder of the campus, is tied to the health of the campus. If only all
our towns and institutions were to show such care! I was unable to meet
up with Peter White, a professor at the university who is also the
director of the Botanical Gardens, but we did correspond, and he is very
supportive of the trees of campus and interested in our work.

I'll have to follow Bob's lead and post the remainder of my trip report

John Eichholz

== 2 of 4 ==
Date: Wed, Apr 2 2008 6:33 am

John, GREEEAT to hear from you. We anxiously await episode II.


== 3 of 4 ==
Date: Wed, Apr 2 2008 7:10 am
From: James Parton


It sounds like you really enjoyed your visit here in WNC. Getting in
the woods with Will is always an experience!

James P.