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Torrey Pine on Google Maps

Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2013 2:33 pm
by RyanLeClair
Hi all,

It's rare, but every once in a while you can find a champion tree on the Google Maps "street view." I recently was lucky enough to find a tree in just this manner. It's the Nat'l Champion Torrey Pine; type "Carpinteria Library, Carpinteria, CA," into google maps and you will see the tree. It certainly is nothing like seeing the tree in person, but it also beats a still photograph.

Re: Torrey Pine on Google Maps

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 7:53 pm
by eliahd24
I often scout big trees people have told me about by using Google Earth or Google Maps first. Works well if it's a front yard tree... not so much if it's behind the house/structure. Another GREAT use of Google Earth in particular relating to champion trees is measuring crown spread. They have a "ruler" tool that you can use in feet, meters, even miles. When using that (measuring in feet) and then ground truthing it, I find it to be 95-100% accurate. Assuming it's an open grown tree with a clear view of the crown.