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90m Redwood South of Big Sur

PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 10:42 pm
by yofoghorn
Now that the Los Padres NF has finally opened up in Big Sur, my dad and I were able to go in and confirm a 90.4m (296.7') tree south of Big Sur proper. It is the harshest conditions that a 90m redwood is known to exist. It is in an inland drainage, 1900' elevation, little precipitation, fire-stricken, and hot. Unbelievable that this tree exists here. Of the redwood's 462-mile range, 90m redwoods exist over 428 miles of it! Tree was measured with tripods, prism, and Impulse. It's a beast!
               
                       
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90m Tree (dad for scale)
               
               

               
                       
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Tree stands above the rest
               
               

               
                       
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90m tree landscape
               
               

Re: 90m Redwood South of Big Sur

PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 11:33 pm
by M.W.Taylor
Nice find Hawkeye !

That area looks like good rattlesnake habitat.

Re: 90m Redwood South of Big Sur

PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:44 am
by mdvaden
yofoghorn wrote:Now that the Los Padres NF has finally opened up in Big Sur, my dad and I were able to go in and confirm a 90.4m (296.7') tree south of Big Sur proper. It is the harshest conditions that a 90m redwood is known to exist. It is in an inland drainage, 1900' elevation, little precipitation, fire-stricken, and hot. Unbelievable that this tree exists here. Of the redwood's 462-mile range, 90m redwoods exist over 428 miles of it! Tree was measured with tripods, prism, and Impulse. It's a beast!


It would not surprise me it's there, provided they can germinate. Germination and continuation of seedlings is the number one factor for survival or not. And one of more ignored aspects of research. But coast redwood grow here in southern Oregon in temps often reaching over 100 degree and rainfall as little as 20 inches per year. That tree may be a good wake up call for researchers to shift more emphasis to studying exactly where coast redwoods germinate, why they germinate there, and what enables seedlings to survive the first 10 years or so.

The height may be the more striking aspect of the redwood you located. Bet that tree may be older than some might guess. Trees just root deeper where there's less rain. But the growth rate and ring size may be very tiny per year.

Bet that was an enjoyable tree to encounter.

Re: 90m Redwood South of Big Sur

PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 3:38 pm
by M.W.Taylor
That tree is a freak. Look how high above the rest of the canopy it is. What is driving it upwards ?  Where does it get its water ?  Is it tapping a spring ?