Posted: Thu Jan 26, 2017 1:50 am
by mdvaden
yofoghorn wrote:Hi everybody, .... SNIP ... Why should we discount large 30000 cubic foot trees like Howland Hill Giant, an undisputed single-stem redwood, by adding up all the volume of fusions? Another issue are disadvantages to fused trees as far as the ranking.

Howland Hill Giant is 100% a fused coast redwood. With the right light this month, I was able to find, identify and photograph exactly what was needed to recognize it as a double redwood. 100% certainty ... no shadow of doubt.

If we ever get a chance to meet at the tree sometime I'll show you what to look for. Chad Olson gets down to the park fairly often from Grants Pass and he may be the first one I show and teach about this type of formation. I'm sort of surprised that a couple of researchers missed it, but after thinking about it, I realized that they've worked on far fewer trees than arborists who are often hands-on with tens of thousand of trees in their work.