I posted something along these lines on ENTS some weeks ago, but thought the point was worth reiterating. I think it's applicable to the Giant Sequoia forests too. Recently, Zane wrote about possible potential height champions. But honestly, there's only one "champion" at any give point, and whether any remain is hypothetical or a matter of hope. The recent find of a 350 footer in the coast redwoods and a potential 20K trunk, confirmed what I shared that discovery of redwood giants is vanishing like a whiff of smoke.The era of giant coast redwood discovery is almost gone. Research will continue but the days of hunting for largest redwoods is almost a thing of the past. The remaining old growth is mostly explored. To hitch a ride on the tail end of this era is amazing to reconsider ... like running for the last car of an old steam locomotive, and someone reached out a hand to help me leap on board the last train that would ever steam down the tracks. Discovery of new giant redwoods is vanishing like a whiff of smoke.
It looks like some species may go into permanent limbo, while a couple others see a temporary spike of activity.
The fewer and smaller remnants brought back memories of 1980s and 1990s when a few friends, desperate for a "buzz", would resort to "scraping the bowl" or similar residue when their "stash" depleted.