Site 1 July 17, 2009 10:15 AM
Site 1 Starting at the White Oak Tree along the Continental Corridor
This site is near a number of cultivated areas that were reforested a number of years ago with Red Pine, White Oak, and White Spruce. Behind the white oak there is a mixed deciduous stand of trees.
Animals that inhabit this area include the Red Squirrel, Flying Squirrel, Red Breasted Nuthatch, Barred Owl.
We continued along the road toward the Two Gates area.
Site 2 July 17, 2009
Site 2 Walking northwest along the road, site 2 is a White Spruce stand that is being overgrown by maple trees.
We measured a spruce tree 70 feet off the road on the south west side.
Tall Spruce circumference 43 inches, 90 feet tall. A neighboring Maple tree (with a multiple trunk) has a circumference of 96 inches and a height of about 100 feet.
A second spruce tree, approximately 15 feet from the first, has a circumference of 31 inches and a height of 90 feet.
We collected a soil sample at the base of the Spruce tree.
Smartweed grows on otherwise sparse groundcover. Sassafrass seedlings were also noted sprouting on the sparse ground cover.
Site 3 July 17, 2009
Site 3 Walking down the road is a stand of 8 Pine trees along the left side of the road.
These are 80 feet tall. The circumference of the first is 42 inches.
We collected a cone and some needles. They may be Scotch Pine or Pitch Pine. Chipmunks were observed in this area.
Site 4 July 17, 2009
Site 4 Walking further we noted garlic mustard, smart weed, raspberries, along the road. The area had blueberries, wild grape and mountain laurel.
There were several Horse Chestnut trees in this area just before the gate.
Site 5 July 17, 2009
Site 5 Walking northeast along the yellow trail leading off from the Two Gates.
We measured a Chestnut Oak; circumference 30 inches and height 65 feet, and a Red Oak; circumference 50 inches and a height of 65 feet.
We took a soil sample here. There is a large outcrop in this area with an interesting tree (service berry?)
growing next the rock. Just to the left there is an Eastern Hemlock. We also noted ample red oak seedlings growing in the area.
Site 6 July 17, 2009
Site 6 Halfway up to the summit of Black Rock. It is less dense here with more sunlight. This is a Chestnut Oak and Red Oak area with blueberry bushes in the understory.
We measured a Red Oak; circumference 46 inches and height 45 feet, and a Red Oak; circumference 19 inches and a height of 45 feet (picture of me measuring). The two trees are 20 feet apart. We collected a soil sample here.
Site 7 July 17, 2009
Site 7 Summit of Black Rock (1,440 feet above sea level.)Trees are sparse here. The view is spectacular. From here we began our descent following the yellow trail to the point where it intersects with White Oak Road. We followed this road back to the Forest Lodge. End time: 1:45 p.m.