Once before, I quoted Robert Van Pelt, but here's his written comment one more time from my copy of Forest Giants of the Pacific Coast.
"Mario, A great detective of redwoods - you have been everywhere, but one thing remains - to discover a champion for yourself" ... RVP
It took a while for the idea to sink in that that being a tree detective is not the same as being a tree "hunter".
Every week, I read messages from folks who detect known past discovery on the west Coast, Usually northern California. Probably 2 per week. This detective work is what just recently came to mind as the "dead meat" trees. Somebody else has already hunted, and others feed ... for aesthetics, enjoyment, photographic. And what about "live meat"?
While a bunch of other people are mainly occupied with detective work, streaming announcements weekly about finding known discoveries, John Montegue of Humboldt, for example, has been an inspiration. I bet he found enough new large volume trees and diameter records the past 16 months to average one every few weeks.
That's tree "hunting" and putting "live meat" on the table. John has done plenty of the detective work too. But I'm glad he has the enthusiasm and drive to go out in the forest to find new things. Zane Moore is very similar, especially with albino and other redwoods, and some hardwoods.
The past couple years, tree "detective" has been getting easier on the west coast as various people loosely scatter bread crumbs among their blog posts and image captions. On the other hand, tree "hunting" still remains very challenging. Think about it ..
In a year, dozens or hundreds of people email, blog or forum post about finding a past discovery, but most all combined report virtually no new record or find. On the other hand, one or two other guys find several new trees ... plural ...
This is not meant to diminish the enthusiasm to find existing discoveries. Special trees are cool, and its nice that people appreciate them. But I hoped to emphasize this evening, that tree detective and tree hunter seem very different.
The "live meat" found by a few like Michael Taylor, Robert Van Pelt, Chris Atkins and Steve Sillett (etc.,) are also good examples of what it takes to be a "tree hunter"