My latest re-measurements are:
Saheda: Girth = 12 feet, height = 171 feet.
Lee Frelich: Girth = 9.2 feet, height = 167.4 feet
Based on my latest measurements, the top of New England is:
Jake Swamp 174.0 feet
Saheda 171.0 feet
Joe Norton 168.0 feet
Lee Frelich 167.4 feet
Tecumseh 166.8 feet
Frank Decontie 164.7 feet
Michael Taylor 163.9 feet
L. Frank Decontie 163.0 feet
John Brown 161.8 feet
Cabin 161.0 feet
Average 166.2 feet
I expect that the Frank Decontie tree is now over 165, but I am unsure of the 161 for the Cabin pine. The RHTTI is not less than 166.1 (RHITT = Rucker Height Index Top Ten).
I'm not sure how many people we've reached with respect to these splendid trees. The key seems to be to form good partnerships, and I think I've just formed a new one. Kevin Podowka is the DCR management forester for the northern Berkshires. He is genuinely interested in the big trees. A native of upstate NY, he worked in the U.S. Forest Service for 20 years and has been a state forester in Florida. I have hopes of him being able to get a number of important DCR foresters interested in the Mohawk pines. By rights, they should be interested in them.
It just takes one good person on the inside and the right strategy.