I’m back again, and this time with an account of today’s adventure. Today my family and I went in search of a mythical grove of Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum), that was planted sometime between the 1950s and the 1970s on top of the Yuba Pass by Charles “Chuck” Hardesty (remember his tree from the Return to Giant’s Forest entry?). We searched and searched, and found two notable White Firs (Abies concolor), one with a large basal flare (and the only one with a picture here), and the other with a height of 98.6 feet, as well as a Jeffrey Pine (Pinus jeffreyi) with a circumference of 14′ 10″. Then, after about 1 and 1/2 hours of fruitless searching, we started down the road towards a small valley called Lincoln Valley. On the way around that loop, we spotted a tree off the road and down the hill. When we reached the base of the tree, we found what sort of monster it was: a 6.44′ DBH, 20′ 3″ CBH, 97.6′ tall Western White Pine (Pinus monticola). The tree had a root system with aboveground roots reaching 41.3 feet from the base of the tree. The tree was named “Sir Monty Cola” as a pun on the Latin species name. Then we popped down the road, and then stopped near another sizable White Pine. This one was 17′ 5″ in circumference and 83 feet tall. Not in the same league as Sir Monty, but still a big tree. Finally, after a downhill stretch, we stopped just below a 21′ 3″ CBH, 102.1′ tall Red Fir (Abies magnifica). It was the largest tree of the day, and also proved to be a USFS bearing tree. After that, we headed on home, just missing a small rainstorm. Now to show these trees to you-with pictures!
The problem with the two big White Pines is that they are on land owned by Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI). They also appear to be marked for logging. This is quite unfortunate, as Sir Monty may be among the largest White Pines alive today. If any readers can give any ideas as to how to save Sir Monty, then please comment.