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2010 IN THE FIELD
This is a new file, opened February 28, 2010, listing the destinations in the field for Mike Kudish. This file is placed in the CATSKILL folder (directory).
The destinations are divided into four classes: (I) bogs, (II) first-growth forest, (III) other forest topics, (IV) railroads. There is no particular sequence within each class. It is not possible to visit all these sites in 2010; some will flow over into 2011. Only the railroad sites must be visited in 2010.
101. Explore bog on eastern shoulder of Kaaterskill High Peak
102. Explore pond, shown on NY-NJ Trail Conference trails map about to be published, in the col between Stoppel Point and West Stoppel Point. Is it a bog? See 203 and 301 below.
103. Explore wetlands one mile east of Mongaup Pond.
104. Explore Tamarack Swamp between Callcoon and Cochecton.
105. Revisit Murdock’s Bog west of Hartwick and take a peat core. This one still has balsam fir in it.
106. Revisit Bog #317 and #356 on Doubletop Mountain. Combine with 311.
On all future visits to bogs, the depth of upended root systems created by windthrows (i.e. blowdown) need to be measured. Depth of live roots need to be measured or re-measured. Depth to water table needs measurement should droughts occur.
The following three bogs, already radiocarbon-dated and all over 12000 years, require an extraction of a FULL PEAT CORE from bottom to top. The extraction would be followed by fossil identication and possible additional radiocarbon dates. The fifteen-year search for balsam fir fossils should be solved, and we will finally know whether or not the fir was EVER present in the western Catskills. This is high-priority.
#380. Mill Brook. #302 and #315 on West Settlement Brook, near Stratton Falls.
301. Explore those 3000-foot-plus summits in the Catskills not yet visited, many in Delaware County: Cowan, Red Kill, Little Pisgah, Southeast Warren, Little Rocky (near Mombaccus), Hubbell Hill, Meeker Hollow Mountain, Irish and Shultice from the east. West Stoppel Point is listed also as 102 above.
302. Unknown orchid north of Stony Clove Notch needs identification. Two orchid experts already plan to visit.
303. The new Natural History Preserve on the northeast slopes of Churchill Mountain requires some intense study of its flora and history.
304. Overlook Mountain needs further study to determine how much charcoal, if any, is left from the 1870s burns on the summit. Also, the upper pasture limit north of the hotel ruins needs study to determine the former grazing effects on soils and ground cover.
305. Northwest slopes of Halcott Mountain from Elk Creek Valley. The base is second- growth and the summit is first-growth; where is the entry point bordering them?
306. Tomannex State Forest, Shinhopple.Could this area be along the migration route of the burn species (oaks, hickories, American chestnut, and mountain laurel) up the East Branch Valley?
307. Look at route of proposed relocated Devil’s Path up Plateau Mountain from Mink Hollow.
308. Why is Olderbark summit in spruce-fir, while the nearby northeast subsummit is dominated by black cherry?
309. Murphy Hill (Bald Mountain) just north of Stamford village
310. Neversink Gorge in Sullivan County.
311. Reclimb Doubletop Mountain and correlate its balsam fir cap with the high ledge which encircles its shoulders. Combine with 106.