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Black Cherry Cache Traditional Geocache

Hidden : 02/02/2004
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2.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

This monstrous black cherry is located within the Deer Meadows Old Growth Area. The best place to park is at the parking lot at the intersection of Forest Drive (41 21.649N x 79 12.909W) and Forest Road. Much of your search will be through old growth forest, so please tread lightly.

The cache is in a green ammo can, and has lots of prizes including a first finder's reward. The cache is located near the largest single stem black cherry in Cook Forest State Park, and was the largest in the PA State Park system. When alive, this forest grown single stem black cherry had a circumference of 13.1ft a crown spread of 61.5ft and a height of 121.7ft for a total of 294 big tree points. This tree could very well have been over 250 years old. After a number of high wind events over the last 2 years, the tree was found totally dead on 7/10/06. Initial crown breakage occurred late spring 2005, with the remaining side coming down about a year later. The trunk still has a massive form at 13.1ft circumference breast height by 86ft high. I've yet to see its equal for a forest grown black cherry in Pennsylvania. Even in death, this tree still supports life. As the trunk breaks down over the next couple of centuries, it will slowly provide nutrients for other plants, fungi, and homes for birds, wildlife, and hosts of insects. It's all a part of the cycle of life. The Deer Meadow Trail Old Growth Area is a very lightly traveled portion of Cook Forest State Park located in the Upper Tom's Run Valley encompassing 200-300 acres. This area was once selectively cut for its large eastern white pine, but the ancient eastern hemlock, white oak, N. red oak, American beech, red maple, and black cherry have remained untouched.

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