Saturday, January 29, 2011

Big trees: new national champion ponderosa pine found - Medford, OR.

Record ponderosa pine discovered | City Region | The Register-Guard | Eugene, Oregon

Unless you are an eagle soaring above the conifer forest or a big-tree hunter with an eagle eye, chances are you wouldn’t give the ponderosa pine a second glance.

After all, it is but one of many wooden spires reaching into the green forest canopy high overhead in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.

But mammoth-tree hunters Michael Taylor of Trinity County, Calif., and Mario Vaden of Beaverton instantly knew this month that they had discovered a new pine king.

“We were walking along, saw the top of the tree sticking up, and we both said, ‘Wow!’ ” Taylor said. “I knew right away it was the tallest.”

1 comment:

  1. The Pacific Northwest is a majestic place for the big trees. I recognize Mario Vaden's name...he has worked with the groups from Wild Trees on finding the largest of the Coastal redwoods. Peter and I had a life changing trip out there in December 2009 for Peter's 60th birthday.

    It tells you that there are still giants being discovered everyday!
    Go Mario and Michael!


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