Truly giant trees of the past

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Re: Truly giant trees of the past

Post by Aardvark » February 11th, 2019, 8:44 pm

My employment since 1993 has been as a timber cruiser. I have worked in the Old Growth Redwoods of Nor Cal and throughout Oregon and Washington. The tallest Douglas-fir I've encountered was a 282 foot tree in Linn County - it was approximately 150 years old. Old Growth firs often have the top broken out so the actual height is less than a younger tree. I have seen Old Growth fir that were 4 feet in diameter at 220' so who know how tall it could have been at one time.

I worked on some of the last privately held old growth Coast Redwood near Fortuna California and there were many RW over 320' , the Doug fir in that stand were all beneath the canopy of Redwoods, averaging about 250' in height.

I have measured a Grand fir (abies grandis) in Humboldt County that was 286' tall and only 28" in diameter. Talk about a stovepipe!
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Re: Truly giant trees of the past

Post by CMH » February 21st, 2019, 11:24 am

You might be interested in:

Ascending the Giants is a volunteer group of tree enthusiasts, arborists and researchers dedicated to documenting trees. Although our headquarters are based in Portland, our team is international and our work, likewise, aims to reach wherever forests exist.

and the Champion Trees National Register: ... -register/

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