Canada’s fourth tallest tree identified in North Vancouver

Nicknamed the Giant of the North Shore, the tree nestled in a remote corner of Lynn Headwaters Regional Park is said to be the fourth tallest in Canada

Two big tree hunters say they’ve located one of Canada’s tallest trees in a remote corner of North Vancouver’s Lynn Valley.

Tree trackers Colin Spratt and Ian Thomas say they have found an ancient western red cedar measuring more than 5.8 meters in diameter in Lynn Headwaters Regional Park, making it the fourth widest known tree in the world. country. They nicknamed the tree “The North Shore Giant” and estimate that it is probably over 1,000 years old.

Spratt and Thomas said they spent 10 hours traversing extremely rough and dangerous terrain on Sunday June 19 to get to the grove where the North Coast giant is located.

As they approached the grove, they could see several spiers rising above the tops of other trees. It wasn’t until they got closer that they confirmed that the arrows all belonged to a huge western red cedar tree.

“I was blown away,” Thomas told North Shore News. “I yelled at Colin, ‘It’s a tree!’ Our hearts nearly stopped, as it was all these different heads coming together in one massive trunk.

Spratt said he froze when he first saw the tree in all its glory.

“Blood ran down my face,” Spratt said in a statement. “I started getting dizzy when I realized it was one of the largest cedars ever found and one of the most amazing life forms left on earth.”

Treehunters say the North Shore Giant grows on the slopes west of Lynn Creek on a boulder field among other ancient red cedars. Other massive trees are located in nearby groves, including the fifth best-known western hemlock in Canada, which the two tree hunters identified the same day they found the North Shore giant.

Spratt and Thomas said the North Coast giant’s current diameter measurement is preliminary, following the methodology of the American Forest Association’s Champion Trees program, which has been the standard used by the state’s own official tall tree registry. British Columbia. Tree hunters said they hope to be able to bring members of the British Columbia Big Tree Committee to the site within the next week or two to confirm the diameter and take height and crown measurements for the tree. registration in the province’s Big Tree Registry.

“The discovery of this colossal ancient tree only demonstrates the sublime grandeur of these ancient temperate rainforests,” said Thomas, a member of the Ancient Forest Alliance, a nonprofit organization that works to protect threatened ancient forests from British Columbia and ensure a sustainable, value-added, second-growth forest industry. “Fortunately, this incredible being and the impressive grove it sits in are safe in a park. Many of our richest old-growth forests are still unprotected and at risk of being logged. Even now in Canada, in in the year 2022, trees as old as this giant, and entire groves like this, are still being felled on an industrial scale.

Spratt and Thomas do not release the precise location of the tree to the public, and they strongly discourage people from trying to find it on their own. For those wishing to see something similar, Kennedy Creek Cedar is located off the Kennedy Falls Trail, a five-hour intermediate backcountry hike along the east side of Mount Fromme.

The tallest recorded tree in Canada, the Cheewat Giant, is also much more accessible than the North Shore Giant. Another western red cedar, it is located near Cheewat Lake on the west side of Vancouver Island between Port Renfrew and Bamfield.

The giant Cheewat measures over six meters in diameter and is over 56 meters high.

There is no official height measurement for the North Shore Giant yet.

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