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Big River Forest State Park - IL USA

Posted by gardener365 IL 5/6 (My Page) on
Thu, Nov 17, 11 at 20:38

Not enough daylight hours to see this place (today) but the drive is only 30 min. 200 plus acres of Pinus: strobus, resinosa, densiflora, & banksiana - mainly

Dax

Pinus resinosa
Pinus resinosa

Pinus resinosa
Pinus resinosa

Pinus resinosa with cones
Pinus resinosa

Pinus resinosa with cones
Pinus resinosa

Pinus resinosa
Pinus resinosa

Pinus resinosa cone
Pinus resinosa Cone

Pinus resinosa bark
Pinus resinosa Bark

Big River Forest State Park - sand
Big River Forest State Park Illinois USA

Pinus banksiana
Pinus banksiana

Pinus banksiana Buds and Foliage note twisted needle appearance
Pinus banksiana Buds and Foliage note twisted needle appearance

Pinus banksiana cone
Pinus banksiana cCone

Big River Forest State Park Illinois USA
Big River Forest State Park Illinois USA

Pinus densiflora
Pinus densiflora

Pinus densiflora canopy
Pinus densiflora canopy

Pinus densiflora bark
Pinus densiflora bark

Big River Forest State Park Illinois USA
Big River Forest State Park Illinois USA

Pinus strobus
Pinus strobus

Wild Turkeys Running Away From my Sudden Slam on the Brakes to Photograph them:
Wild Turkeys

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RE: Big River Forest State Park - IL USA

Really enjoyed that tour. Thank you.
Richard


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RE: Big River Forest State Park - IL USA

Glad you enjoyed.

Dax


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RE: Big River Forest State Park - IL USA

Good to see that you got over there. Did you see any broom ? Did you find the weeping Pinus rigidas ? That place is real interesting place to see. I think there is a lot more acres there than you posted though. Went there the first time with Chub Harper and Randy Dykstra many years ago.
Dennis


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RE: Big River Forest State Park - IL USA

Dax, I really enjoyed this tour to.
How come that Pinus densiflora is planted in this forest while it's not native in the U.S.?
This is a bit strange to me...


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RE: Big River Forest State Park - IL USA

Very nice ! Looks to be very sandy.

I was in central IL last month visiting family. In the Havana area (south of Peoria) the soil turns sandy near the Illinois River and you begin to see lots of pine forest.


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RE: Big River Forest State Park - IL USA

Are you sure pic #15 (Pinus densiflora bark) isn't really rigida? The epicormic shoots on the trunk are a hallmark for rigida and not densiflora.


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RE: Big River Forest State Park - IL USA

That looks like where I was born, north of Berlin, Germany. Pines (Kiefern) and sand, glaciers ground rocks to sand many thousand years ago. In summer it was dry and very warm, and nice.
Bernd


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RE: Big River Forest State Park - IL USA

"Are you sure pic #15 (Pinus densiflora bark) isn't really rigida? The epicormic shoots on the trunk are a hallmark for rigida and not densiflora"

The persistent cones also fit P. rigida better. But the pics aren't clear enough to be 100% certain.

Resin


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RE: Big River Forest State Park - IL USA

Here is the best photo I can offer for clarification:
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Talk later and answer questions.

Dax


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RE: Big River Forest State Park - IL USA

Nope no brooms Hermsen, only those waiting to be found.

Edwin, prior to going to the park I heard there were all species mentioned in my first post. I cannot answer for you your question regarding densiflora, however, I wish I would have found and photographed a cone on the ground for confirmation.

Dax


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RE: Big River Forest State Park - IL USA

Hi Dax,

The cones there could well be P. densiflora, they don't look right for P. rigida. But still not enough detail to clinch it.

You'll have to go back for another look ;-)

Resin


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RE: Big River Forest State Park - IL USA

I certainly will!

Thanks Resin- Guys!

Dax


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RE: Big River Forest State Park - IL USA

  • Posted by botann z8 SEof Seattle (My Page) on
    Sat, Nov 19, 11 at 17:29

Dax, do you know the history of the park?
Why all the different kind of trees?
Why was it made in to a State Park?
When I do a search, I get this thread, and that's all.
Mike


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RE: Big River Forest State Park - IL USA

  • Posted by rbrady 5/Eastern Ia (My Page) on
    Sat, Nov 19, 11 at 19:14

The pictures are lovely, but in person it is even better. I lived in the area of Big River for a few years. I used to take my kids hiking through when they were little. It originally was a pine plantation. The state acquired it and now it is a state park. I want to say it is close to 3,000 acres now.

Rhonda


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RE: Big River Forest State Park - IL USA

Thanks Rhonda. I have a long, long, ways to go to put footprints in this park.

Dax


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