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Thursday, May 20, 2010

A walk in the woods

There was a small group walk today in Saginaw Forest. I was able to learn some things about the forest of which I was previously unaware:
  1. There was an historical offer to clear-cut some of the forest, which was declined.
  2. The scots pine planted north of the lake is uncommon because of its straightness (normally, they grow a little crooked).
  3. There are measuring tapes that allow one to quickly determine the diameter of a tree.
  4. At least one catalpa remains on the north side of the lake.
  5. A new species of tree was discovered in Saginaw Forest during the last century.
Other than that, it was a really nice day to have a small outing, and I was really quite surprised that the front lawn and turn-around area could handle so many cars. (However, I suppose that is the benefit of having well-organized drivers.)

Gathering in front of the cabin: some introductory pre-"amble" comments.

The arboretum: investigating some of the variety of tree species planted in the forest.

Ambling: walking through the (originally planted) pine stands. These stands were planted waaay back in 1904. This particular section (between stands 2a and 2b) has suffered a lot of wind damage over the years (and is now having to suffer ivy).

On the ground discussion: stopping to listed to a brief explanation of how forest stands can retain diversity, thanks to tree gaps. Also a discussion on how selective forestry can actually seriously degrade a forest, using the example of Beaver Island.

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