Only 4 accomplishments & "Discover a champion for yourself"

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Only 4 accomplishments & "Discover a champion for yourself"

Post by mdvaden » Tue Mar 10, 2015 12:36 pm

Reflecting back on my time in west coast forests, its worth noting that it really boils down to 4 actual accomplishments. 2 of them shared. I suppose starting photography, etc., can be an accomplishment, but I am referring to new finds. Discoveries were mainly world's tallest maple, hemlock, pine, Port Orford cedar, and I suppose a 5th or 6th with redwood giants and diameter.

Some years ago, Dr. Robert Van Pelt signed my copy of Forest Giants of the Pacific Coast.

Alongside his signature, he wrote a note that got me thinking more about all of us who wander in the forest. There are quite a few who exclusively look for what others have found. And some people look for new things.

Robert Van Pelt's extra note included:
"you have been everywhere, but one thing remains - to discover a champion for yourself"
Prior to signing this, I vaguely realized that in finding many of the largest or tallest redwoods, the locating of them didn't really amount to an accomplishment, even though energy was expended. A lot of the looking was basically vigorous vacations. Then as years past and I found a handful, the chasm between locating and discovering became more clear. And I realized just how many accomplishments were done by some folks like Michael Taylor, Chris Atkins, Robert Van Pelt, and quite a few others.
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Re: Only 4 accomplishments & "Discover a champion for yourse

Post by Will Blozan » Tue Mar 10, 2015 3:39 pm

Mario,

Simply bringing truth to the superlatives of our nation's forests is accomplishment enough in my eyes.

Will

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Re: Only 4 accomplishments & "Discover a champion for yourse

Post by mdvaden » Tue Mar 10, 2015 5:36 pm

Will Blozan wrote:Mario,

Simply bringing truth to the superlatives of our nation's forests is accomplishment enough in my eyes.

Will
I like the choice of words there, including the "truth". Because there are a number of those who keep facts and education with all the ducks lined up right.

In the OP, the quote was specific to looking for trees, but we can easily broaden the conversation.

For example, take Michael (Nick) Nichols, and team, that did the photography to put Coast Redwood and Giant Sequoia in National Geographic where others can read about the trees. That is definitely an accomplishment.

Or, like Faye and Holmes who transected the redwood forest mostly on foot.
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Re: Only 4 accomplishments & "Discover a champion for yourse

Post by mdvaden » Tue Mar 10, 2015 8:45 pm

Will Blozan wrote:Mario,

Simply bringing truth to the superlatives of our nation's forests is accomplishment enough in my eyes.

Will
My post is also to extend Van Pelt's challenge to others.

Simply bringing the truth is not finding what others have found or trees that are already well-documented.

Bringing the truth is showing others what they don't know ... or presenting the old in new ways.
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