01 Jul '11, 7pm

Redwood Monster Is a Co-Champ

Redwood Monster Is a Co-Champ

In theory, the tallest people and buildings and trees stand out. Take a really, really tall tree like a giant redwood. Hard to miss, right? Associated Press Except in this year’s annual big tree hunting competition, in which volunteers try to find the largest tree in each of hundreds of species, a new redwood co-champion was added. Melcor, a tree in Redwood National Park in Northern California, has a 70-foot, 4-inch circumference and is 349 feet tall — taller than General Sherman, 275 feet tall. General Sherman is still the “biggest” tree, a distinction it it has held for 71 years, because it has a larger circumference and crown spread. (The trees win points in varying categories like circumference, height, and average crown spread. Trees that land within 5 points of each other are co-champions.) American Forests , a nonprofit conservation group that restores and protects ...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/01/redwood-monster...

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