Another Ancient Cypress Landmarked in Livingston Parish
King George Bayou in Livingston Parish holds a treasure-trove of beautiful old cypress. I was fortunate to have been contacted by Keith Hemsteter, a former (now part-time) employee of La Wildlife and Fisheries who had recently signposted cypress tupelo habitat recently added to the Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area along King George Bayou. He came across a giant cypress he thought would be a good candidate for the Louisiana Purchase Cypress Legacy. No doubt about this one! It has been awarded LPCL plaque #45.
Circumference: 21 feet (above the buttress)
Diameter: 6 feet 8 inches Radius: 3 feet 4 inches
1st Boring: 5.37 inches Rings counted: approx. 200
2nd Boring 3 inches Rings counted: approx..144
Projected age: 1100+ years
Many thanks to Keith for discovering what at this point is the oldest known cypress in Livingston Parish and among the oldest in Louisiana!
|Keith Hemsteter at the site of 1100+ year old cypress|
|Location on King George Bayou (which enters the Amite River) west of French Settlement|
A two inch section of one of the two borings taken. Rings shown here are farther apart than in other sections
Old growth cypress is plentiful along King George Bayou--much of it now in the expanded Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area