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new dbh champ for SESE (and other records)

On May 8th, I found a redwood with a monster base in Redwood National and State Parks. My initial numbers suggested a new champion for both SESE dbh and ground perimeter. On May 20th, I returned to the tree with Zane and Steve Moore for verification and further study. Here are the numbers: Dbh: 29.2...
by John Montague
Tue May 26, 2015 6:10 pm
 
Forum: California
Topic: new dbh champ for SESE (and other records)
Comments: 11
Views: 1550

Re: New dbh champ for SESE

Johnny,

Godwood Creek Giant is a much more substantial tree, in terms of volume and height. For that reason, I'd put it in a different category than these two trees.
by John Montague
Mon Dec 15, 2014 1:42 pm
 
Forum: California
Topic: New dbh champ for SESE
Comments: 64
Views: 6159

Re: New dbh champ for SESE

Joe, I've had the tree verified, and I've shared pictures and coordinates with several authorities in the tree community. There are a variety of reasons why I'm not sharing photos with the public. 1. The tree is old. 2. The tree is on a steep slope. 3. This tree cannot afford regular visits. 4. I pe...
by John Montague
Mon Dec 15, 2014 1:36 pm
 
Forum: California
Topic: New dbh champ for SESE
Comments: 64
Views: 6159

Re: New dbh champ for SESE

Mario showed me the tree he found. We did a formal tape wrap and got 27.4' dbh. It is an amazing tree and extremely well-hidden. The ground wrap was 99'. Crocodile and this tree have striking structural similarities. It is fitting that they were discovered within weeks of each other. For tree hunter...
by John Montague
Mon Dec 15, 2014 4:45 am
 
Forum: California
Topic: New dbh champ for SESE
Comments: 64
Views: 6159

Re: Gigantic Ponderosa Discovered In Mokelumne Wilderness

I highly recommend visiting Mokelumne Giant, not just for the tree itself, but also for the magnificent vistas and interesting history that dots the path to and from the tree. Congratulations guys! What a tree! John, what was some of the history there? Gold mining? How did the Sugar Pines compare? ...
by John Montague
Sun Aug 03, 2014 5:53 pm
 
Forum: California
Topic: Gigantic Ponderosa Discovered In Mokelumne Wilderness
Comments: 17
Views: 1543

Re: Gigantic Ponderosa Discovered In Mokelumne Wilderness

As notable as Mokelumne Giant is for its volume and dbh, it is equally notable for its remoteness. This was one of the most remote notable trees I've ever encountered. If anyone is ever tempted to find it, please keep in mind: A) Day hiking would be reserved for a super-athlete accustomed to ironman...
by John Montague
Sun Aug 03, 2014 5:03 am
 
Forum: California
Topic: Gigantic Ponderosa Discovered In Mokelumne Wilderness
Comments: 17
Views: 1543

Re: New dbh champ for SESE

I returned to Crocodile and took some more measurements.

Initial height estimate: 181.4'
Initial volume estimate: 19.28k

OK, so that's not much to write home about, but this is definitely noteworthy...

Ground tape wrap: 107.8' circumference (34.3' diameter)!

Short and stout.
by John Montague
Thu Jul 24, 2014 12:41 pm
 
Forum: California
Topic: New dbh champ for SESE
Comments: 64
Views: 6159

Re: New dbh champ for SESE

Save the Redwoods is aware of many of the most secret champion trees and their locations, and it does not release photographs of those particular trees.

I agree with the article, though. Photography is a wonderful aspect of sharing the redwoods with others.
by John Montague
Tue Jul 22, 2014 12:22 pm
 
Forum: California
Topic: New dbh champ for SESE
Comments: 64
Views: 6159

Re: New dbh champ for SESE

Erik, you bring up an interesting point and a valid concern. However, It is my belief at this time that not posting photos creates more protection for the tree than posting photos.
by John Montague
Mon Jul 14, 2014 1:33 am
 
Forum: California
Topic: New dbh champ for SESE
Comments: 64
Views: 6159

Re: New dbh champ for SESE

Michael, I tend to agree with foghorn. I'd be surprised if it's over 20K. A formal volume calculation is on my to-do list, though. As I stated earlier, Crocodile isn't very tall.
by John Montague
Fri Jul 11, 2014 7:12 pm
 
Forum: California
Topic: New dbh champ for SESE
Comments: 64
Views: 6159
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