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Champion Western Red Cedar Tree

Posted by Erik at May 17, 2013 07:30 AM |

Oregon has a new champion western red cedar, located somewhere along the state's northern coast. We can't tell you exactly where it is, but we can tell you the tree's name.

Champion Western Red Cedar Tree

Three views of the Arcadia tree by Darryl Lloyd

By Erik Fernandez

It appears there is a new champion western red cedar tree in Oregon.

Named Arcadia, the new champion Western Red Cedar is  located along the northern Oregon coast. Previously, the state's largest cedar tree was believed to have been found along the upper Clackamas River.

At Oregon Wild, we tend to have a fondness for the fattest trees, and use trunk diameter when gauging tree size. However, the technical measurements used to determine which trees are the "largest" take into account a number of different factors, including diameter, crown size, height and more.

 

There is no trail access to this tree. In fact, to ensure the tree is not "loved to death," we aren't providing the exact coordinates. We're hopeful the state will put a plan in place to protect this tree and provide access which will safeguard it from damage. Sadly, noting the exact location of the tree also means running the risk of intentional graffiti - or worse.

The organization Ascending the Giants has taken the lead on measuring this tree and nominating it for Oregon's big tree list.

Many thanks to Darryl Lloyd for the heads up and sharing his photo.

 

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