Another VERY tall sugar pine to report

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Another VERY tall sugar pine to report

Post by M.W.Taylor » Sat Oct 17, 2020 10:58 pm

Got back from the Sierra Nevada measuring more tall pines with Duncan Kennedy. We found one today that really towers. I forgot my survey tripods unfortunately and was only able to do a hand held preliminary measurement. The tree grows in a notch and leans markedly uphill. The base is burned out. It may not survive another fire. The tree is looking sparse and not very healthy, but still alive. The top leader still has large cones that probably make it sag a little.

Trip report:
Species: Ponderosa
dbh 5.9 ft
Height:240 ft
Location: Sierra Nevada

Species: Ponderosa
dbh 5.5 ft
Height:253.5 ft
Location: Sierra Nevada

Species: Sugar Pine
dbh: 7.3 ft
Height: 267.5'
Location: Sierra Nevada
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Re: Another VERY tall sugar pine to report

Post by DAKennedy » Sat Oct 17, 2020 11:09 pm

Addendum for the tallest one: the CBH I recorded for it was 23'0", so its' DBH should be 7.3', not 6.3'.

All told, today was a very productive day. Given the slope of that hill, I'm not looking forward into going back there again though, but it will be well worth it.

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Re: Another VERY tall sugar pine to report

Post by bbeduhn » Mon Oct 19, 2020 7:57 am

Michael, Duncan,

The tallest sugar I've seen listed is 273.8' in the Sierra Nevadas and #2 at 269', in Yosemite. I assume reports of a 273.7' and a 273.8' are of the same Sierra Nevada tree. I assume this VERY rall sugar is #3 on the list. Also, in what National Forest or Park is this sugar living? I'm also wondering in what forest the 273.7' sugar and 274.5' pondy are located.

Brian

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