A true champion: The new largest Mountain Mahogany

Hello all,

Yesterday may grandfather and I met local resident John Preschutti.  Our destination was a huge Mountain Mahogany that John found on a talus slope about 10 years ago.  He took us down a long and rough dirt road, and we parked at the base of a draw near Table Mountain.  The hike was a mere 1/4 mile – AKA the roughest 1/4 mile ever!  It was mildly hot, and the hike was up a steep, rocky hill that was covered with invasive cheatgrass.  However, at the top we found a gigantic tree, which was the same tree from John’s memory.  It measured 12’0″ CBH – colossal for a Mountain Mahogany, 22′ tall, and 36′ of Crown Spread.  The final American Forest Association Point total was 175 Points – the largest ever recorded!

We hiked back down, and headed home, while Grandpa proposed a press release.

Now for the photos, courtesy of John Preschutti and myself.




The Lumpkin Pumpkins: Damn, that’s huge!

Hello all,

On Saturday, the 9th of July, I went and explored Lumpkin Ridge with Michael Taylor.  We first bushwhacked to his two previous discoveries, the “Lumpkin Lunker” and the “Lumpkin Pumpkin”.  The Pumpkin was the first that we visited.  It is a slow tapering, well formed specimen of a Ponderosa Pine.  DBH is 7.13′, CBH is 22’3″ and the Height on it is 188′.  The volume chart was released by Michael yesterday, and the volume is an astounding 4,277 Cubic Feet!  It is one of the largest Ponderosa Pines alive.

The Lunker is 220′ away.  It is a huge tree with a rotted base.  DBH is 7.36′, CBH is 23’1″ and its’ height is 176′.  The volume is, surprisingly, less than the Pumpkin, reaching 4,096 Cubic Feet.  Still a huge tree.

While measuring the volume on the Lunker, poor Michael was stung several times by a hive of bees.  My recommendation is that he should try some StingStop.

Our last tree was located via Google Earth.  Just in case you were wondering, Google Earth is the best friend of any tree measurer.  It is THE tool.  But I’m getting off target.  Anyway, we located this huge Ponderosa on the edge of an old clearcut.  It has the biggest debris pile I have ever seen on it.  DBH is 8.24′, CBH is 25’11” and the height is conservatively estimated at 190′.  Volume is over 4000 Cubes easy.  8′ Ponderosa are also very rare – only 9 have been measured in the past 30 years!

This area clearly contains some of the largest known pine trees in the world.  I’m excited about the idea of returning.

Photos courtesy of Michael Taylor and myself