Big Tree hunting at Giant’s Forest again on 9/20/15

Hello again,

This brings us up-to-date as of this writing.  On September 20th, 2015 we went big tree hunting with the owner of part of the Giant’s Forest, Bill Copren.  He took us up to measure a big Coast Douglas-Fir (Pseudotsuga Menziesii), with a Bird of Prey nest in the top.  It was 21′ 9″ around, or a DBH (Diameter at Breast Height) of 6.92′.  Then, after wandering around a bunch down to look at some other, smaller trees, we measured another Douglas-Fir.  This one came with a name: the Chuck Hardesty Tree, named after the late Charles Hardesty, who, as a scaler in the U.S Forest Service in the 1950s, said “Leave this tree; it’s too big and too beautiful”.  The Hardesty Tree measured out at 22′ 0″, equaling a 7.00′ DBH.  I also learned the name of the area with the two big pines and the big cedar, described in the last post.  It is known as Pasquetti Park, named after the family that was responsible for building the road.  The Hardesty tree had limbs on it that were as big as smaller trees (2.6′ est. DBH).  I don’t know this for a fact, but the Hardesty tree may be the largest Coast Douglas-Fir on the arid Eastern Sierra Nevada slope.  Now for the fun part:  Pictures!!

Mom next to the first Doug-Fir. She can reach 6′ 5″, that being the height of her fingertips from the ground.
Looking up the trunk of the first tree.
Looking up the trunk of the first tree.
Woodpecker damage on the first tree.
Woodpecker damage on the first tree.
A closer zoom of Mom next to the Hardesty Tree.
A closer zoom of Mom next to the Hardesty Tree.
Mom next to the Hardesty Tree.
Mom next to the Hardesty Tree.
The crown of the Hardesty Tree.
The crown of the Hardesty Tree.

And that brings us up to date. Thanks for reading!

Duncan.

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