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.”