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

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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 accurate, 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 13e on the list.

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

Photo: Ian Thomas

A witness of centenarians

Whatever its size, the tree is probably 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. »

A quote from 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 more signs of distress in recent yearshe 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 call him now north shore giant.

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

A quote from Ian Thomas, biologist

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

You meet one of the largest and oldest living things on the planethe said.: it’s a small piece of a rich and wild world.”,”text”:”It’s like seeing a blue whale, or a northern white rhinoceros: it’s a small piece of a rich and wild world. wild.”}}”>It’s like seeing a blue whale, or a northern white rhinoceros: a small piece of a rich and wild world.

Based on information from David P. Ball

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