Zachary S wrote:UGGGG. Well that's disheartening. We've lost a great number of big trees recently. Although, it's not entirely shocking that the Pickering Pine fell because it had a fire scar near the base that went all the way through the trunk... a flying buttress just doesn't work that well on trees that aren't sequoia! At least they fell through natural causes, even though nearby logging may have contributed to wind stress on the trees.
Anyone can correct me or add some to the list that I may have not heard about, but since 'Forest Giants' was published 11 years ago, we have lost these trees that were in the book -
- Washington sequoia (still alive but lost half of trunk and most of foliage to fire and snow load in 2005)
- Ol' Jed douglas fir (found standing but dead recently)
- Klootchy Creek Giant Sitka spruce (snapped in a storm in 2007)
- Pickering Pine sugar pine
- One-Armed Bandit sugar pine
- Yosemite Giant sugar pine (dead from beetles ~2009)
- Sergeant RandAlly yellow-cedar (fell in 2004)
- Eureka Valley Giant Jeffrey pine (dead from beetles)
- Idaho Giant w. white pine (dead from beetles and felled 1999, before publication, but still listed in book)
- Goodman Creek Tree Pacific silver fir (fell in 1997, before publication, but still listed in book)
I also suspect one or more of the Port Orford cedars listed may have succumbed to root rot since publication, a couple of the Jeffrey and ponderosa pines may have died or fallen prey to beetles, and some of the grand fir could have died from old age as they're very short lived. Anyone have more updated information? I keep records on this stuff and am always fascinated with large western conifers.
Also, the Whelan tree is a beast.
Did you have the time to do any kind of ring counts, for aging the two downed giants ?
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