Friday, September 08, 2006

Hyperion

The new world record for for tallest standing tree has been set at just over 378 feet. The ancient Coast Redwood, named Hyperion by researchers, stands amongst other giants on a steep slope in Redwood National Park. The area of forest where the trees stand was added to the park only 30 years ago, narrowly avoiding logging.

"They aren't all that far from an old clear-cut," said biology professor George Koch. "Basically, they were almost nuked. The fact that they weren't is amazing."

And while it may be the world's tallest tree at the moment -- providing another unmeasured giant doesn't prove taller or its top doesn't topple in a storm -- it's not even close to the size of some of the towering redwoods of the North Coast's early logging years. One redwood felled in Elk River in 1886 was 424 feet tall. writes John Driscoll of the Eureka Times-Standard.

Timber companies like Maxxam's Pacific Lumber continue to log giant Redwoods to this day. These unprotected groves are now few and far between. Who knows what natural wonders and global treasures are lost every year to the exploitation and plundering of the ancient Redwood forests?

3 Comments:

At 5/01/2008 11:25:00 AM, Blogger M. D. Vaden of Oregon said...

Older post, but maybe worth comment.

For some reason, I chose not to look for Hyperion, but am sure I can find it within a few days - probably next year's goal, when I visit the redwoods, following moving up to north Oregon.

But while closer to the redwoods, I did find 2 major undisclosed California redwood tree groves within my first 2 attempts to find each grove.

California redwood tree TITANS: Atlas Grove, Illuvatar, Lost Monarch

I recorded a short video in addition to a bunch of album photos, but may also make another video showing how to walk through the forest around large tree without doing as much damage to plants.

Best,

M. D. Vaden of Oregon

 
At 10/12/2008 07:39:00 PM, Blogger M. D. Vaden of Oregon said...

Slight update.

Hyperion is now a consideration. I was near the area last August, and believe I found the undisclosed 2nd largest by volume redwood on a steep slope. And had spare time afterward to get a feel for the terrain where Hyperion is at.

This would be a small team effort for Hyperion though - 4 of us in all, taking turns or working in pairs.

Cheers,

M. D. Vaden of Oregon

 
At 9/04/2010 04:31:00 PM, Anonymous Kumbayah in the Redwoods said...

Now I'm itching to know if Hyperion could possible be near Lost Man Creek after seeing that a tall redwood list from Taylor shows it on a Redwood National Park tributary.

If that's the way the story goes, then no wonder virtually nobody ever finds it. They're all bushwhacking around Redwood Creek tributaries. Its big park. Maybe its time to broaden the search.

 

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