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  • 1. ―Most cypress stands todayare second growth, butthere still remain a fewgiants among us. Theyexist because they arehollow and thus notmerchantable or becausethey grow in an area soremote as to make harvestunfeasible. They tower onehundred feet above theearth and laid down theirfirst annular rings duringthe classical period of theMayan culture…….
  • 2. Bear Bayou, St. Mary Parish …..They germinated and grew into seedling as Charlemagne was crowned Holy Roman emperor. They were sound and mature when the sun gleamed from the swords of Hernando DeSoto’s men as they marched across northeast Louisiana in a fruitless search for gold……
  • 3. …..It is possible that theirlimbs were once ladenwith the weight of athousand passengerpigeons and that theirbark was probed byivory-billedwoodpeckers. Cougarsand bears may havesought refuge in theirhollows. It is likely thata few of these will still begreeting each spring witha fresh feathering ofneedle-like leaves incenturies to come‖Kelby Ouchley
  • 4. Harper’s MagazineLouisiana swamp scene c. 1886
  • 5. What’s the Louisiana Purchase Cypress Legacy All About ?• Landmarking• Circumference measurement• Coring to determine age• Placing plaque ―Alive in 1803‖ (and for the Bicentennial Cypress Legacy in 2012— ―Alive in 1812‖)• Promoting Stewardship
  • 6. West Pearl River, GoatIslandSt. Tammany Parish
  • 7. Bayou Chemin a Haute, Morehouse Parish
  • 8. Bayou Pierre PartAssumption Parish
  • 9. Bayou Pierre Part, Assumption parish
  • 10. ―National Champion‖ Bald Cypress‖, Cat Island NWR, West Feliciana Parish
  • 11. St. Martin Parish
  • 12. What’s the Louisiana Purchase Cypress Legacy All About ?• Finding the big trees• Landmarking• Circumference measurement• Coring to determine age• Placing plaque ―Alive in 1803‖ (and for the Bicentennial Cypress Legacy in 2012—―Alive in 1812‖)• Promoting Stewardship
  • 13. Three Rivers WildlifeManagement AreaConcordia ParishApprox. 34 ftcircumference
  • 14. Tangipahoa Parish
  • 15. What’s the Louisiana Purchase Cypress Legacy All About ?• Finding the big trees• Landmarking• Circumference measurement• Coring to determine age• Placing plaque ―Alive in 1803‖ (and for the Bicentennial Cypress Legacy in 2012—―Alive in 1812‖)• Promoting Stewardship
  • 16. Lake Fausse, Iberia Parish Core length 3‖Circumference: 17 feet Rings counted: approx 117
  • 17. Bayou Chemin a Haute
  • 18. Rings on a cypress core
  • 19. What’s the Louisiana Purchase Cypress Legacy All About ?• Finding the big trees• Landmarking• Circumference measurement• Coring to determine age• Placing plaque ―Alive in 1803‖ (and for the Bicentennial Cypress Legacy in 2012—―Alive in 1812‖)• Promoting Stewardship
  • 20. What’s the Louisiana Purchase Cypress Legacy All About ?• Finding the big trees• Landmarking• Circumference measurement• Coring to determine age• Placing plaque ―Alive in 1803‖
  • 21. The HamicksCrowley LA
  • 22. Darrell Mabile and sonPierre Part, AssumptionParish
  • 23. Johnny and MamieMajoriaFarm at SargentLake, CatahoulaParish
  • 24. AvoyellesParishMcCannFarm
  • 25. Old growth Cypresshas high habitatvalue …
  • 26. Tree dens may be an important component for female reproductivesuccess in areas subject to flooding (Hellgren and Vaughan 1989). Dentrees located in cypress swamps would appear to increase the security(e.g., decrease the disturbance) of bears utilizing these dens compared toground dens.Benson (2005) reported a relatively high reuse of tree dens on Tensas[LA. Wildlife Refuge] with almost all denning attempts occurring inmature bald cypress. Trees large enough and sufficiently mature to contain usablecavities are almost always found in places inaccessible to logging(Marchinton 1995) or are left standing due to their low economic value. DRAFT COMPREHENSIVE CONSERVATION PLAN AND ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT TENSAS RIVER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
  • 27. Habitat of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker Ivory-billed Woodpeckers inhabit very large tracts of mature cypressforest that are often associated with swamps or river St a systems n d of c y pr e s s tr e e s in W hi te Ri v er N at io n al W il dl if e R ef u g e. P h ot o b y Cl ar k J o n e s.Stand of cypress trees in WhiteRiver National Wildlife RefugeSoutheastern Arkansas—locationof recent possible sighting ofivory billed woodpecker (photoby Clark Jones. )
  • 28. Undisclosed Location Endangered species habitat
  • 29. To commemorate the 200th anniversary of Louisiana’sstatehood, we are initiating a complementary effort– theLouisiana Bicentennial Cypress Legacy– to landmarkcypress that were alive in Louisiana in 1812
  • 30. Buckhorn WildlifeManagement AreaTensas Parish– thiscypress at Brushy Lakelandmarked as a La.Bientennial Legacy Tree
  • 31. A Significant threat to cypress in LouisianaLogging for Cypress Mulch·Cypress mulch used to be made from the heartwood of old growth trees. There is someevidence that this heartwood made durable mulch, but those old growth trees wereharvested long ago.Cypress mulch has a reputation of being insect resistant. Thetruth is that there is no scientific evidence that backs up the claims of insectresistance.Myths About the Weed Resistance of Cypress· Another myth claims that cypress mulch is more weed resistant than othermulches, but the weed resistance of any mulch stems from the fact that it blocksout sunlight so that weed seeds cannot germinate.The Cypress Mulch Industry is Unsustainable· The demand for cypress mulch outstrips the growth of this tree. As consumerdemand grows whole forests of cypress are being cut down.Environmental Concerns of Cypress Mulch· Cypress forests play a role in protecting coastal cities from hurricanes andprovide habitat for many species of wildlife.
  • 32. Contact:Harvey SternLaPurchaseCypressLegacy.blogspot.comLaPurchaseCypressLegacy@gmail.com504-891-7116
  • 33. ―Time, time as we dissect itin days and hours andminutes loses all meaningin a setting such as this.Here is a forest that wasyoung when life itself wasyoung. Here are trees thathave already stood for amillennium or two – andstill their lives will outlastyours a thousand years.‖Philip Hyde and FrancoisLeydet in the Sierra Club’s―Last Redwoods,‖(certainly applicable toLouisiana’s majestic oldgrowth cypress as well)
  • 34. ―Let us be reverent a little aswe stand here in the hush ofthese leafy sanctuaries—bereverent a little, if reverence inthis age is possible. Thesegreat trees belong to thesilences and the millenniums.Many of them have seen morethan a hundred of our humangenerations rise, and give outtheir little clamors and perish.They chide our pettiness, theyrebuke our impiety. Theyseem, indeed, to be forms ofimmortality standing hereamong the transitory shapes oftime.‖ Edwin Markham,1914

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