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Letourneau Woods, KY

James and I went up to southwestern Kentucky to sample a bottomland hardwood site for our Mississippi River flood ring project. There were some really nice overcup oak in there but most were not nearly as old as we had hoped. Still an amazing bottomland site and glad KY is protecting it.

Bucks Pocket

  James and I went up to Bucks Pocket State Park to sample white oak for flood scars for the Tennessee River paleoflood project we are part of. It was just what you would expect in July in Alabama-hot and sweaty! But we made a great collection that is going to result in some really

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Cane Creek Canyon

  Took my physical geography class up to Cane Creek Canyon Nature Preserve and had about the best hike of my entire life thanks to Dr. Jim Lacefield. Jim and wife Faye are the owners of Cane Creek and Jim is the author of the most amazing book on Alabama geology (Lost Worlds in Alabama

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Ancient Red Cedar

Went up to sample on Redstone Arsenal for our Tennessee River flood project and found some fantastic old Red Cedar (Juniperous virginiana). This sample was 0ver 330 years old when it died (note all the sapwood is gone). Who knows how long it has been sitting here perched on these rocks. perhaps centuries. Once we

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Cat Island

Went to sample Overcup Oak (Quercus lyrata) on Cat Island in Louisiana with Dr. Margaret Devall. This site is right next to the Mississippi and there is no levee here, so the trees really get impacted by frequent and high-magnitude flooding.

Tennesee River

Went up to Muscle Shoals/Florence Alabama the other day to look for tree-ring evidence of flooding. I have never been to this area before and was really impressed with how beautiful it is. There are huge limestone cliffs on the south side of the river and gorgeous baldcypress swamps on the north. The photo shows

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