A cedar as wide as the cabin of a 747 discovered in North Vancouver


A cedar as wide as the cabin of a 747 discovered in North Vancouver

A gigantic western red cedar in a secluded corner of Lynn Headwaters Park in North Vancouver is estimated to be 4.8 to 5.8 m in diameter, depending on the calculation method.

< p class="e-p">A biologist has discovered what may be one of the widest trees ever measured in British Columbia.

According to Ian Thomas, the western red cedar is 4.8 to 5.8 m in diameter and is found in Lynn Headwaters Park in North Vancouver.

If these preliminary measurements are correct, the giant tree would barely fit in the cabin of a Boeing 747.

The diameter of the tree must be officially verified. It could be 1m shorter than the original calculation of 5.8m, due to the steep slope where the cedar grows.

According to a census of large trees in the province conducted by the University of British Columbia (UBC), a tree 5.8 m in diameter would be the fourth in width ever discovered, while a tree 4.8 m would be 13th on the list.

Giant tree researcher Colin Spratt stands next to the massive western red cedar he helped to find.

Regardless of its size, the tree is undoubtedly very old.

“ These trees can live up to 1000 or even 2000 years. We have trees on Vancouver's North Shore that are approaching 2000 years old. »

— Robert Guy, Professor of Forestry, University of British Columbia.

Unfortunately, according to the photographs he was able to observe, Robert Guy thinks that the tree is in poor health. Red cedar has shown more signs of distress in recent years, he said, attributing the species' difficulties to drought and climate change.

Ian Thomas fell on the tree with his colleague Colin Spratt during a 10-hour walk off the beaten track. They now call him Giant of the North Shore.

“I spend a lot of time studying satellite maps and government data, and trudging through these incredible threatened ancient forests, which we are so fortunate to still have in British Columbia.

— Ian Thomas, Biologist

The tree is on Tsleil-Waututh Nation territory. The Nation's Director of Treaties, Lands and Resources Gabriel George said he was exhilarated to learn about the giant tree.

You meet a of the largest and oldest living things on the planet, he says. It's like seeing a blue whale, or a northern white rhinoceros: a little piece of a rich and wild world.

Based on information from David P .Ball


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