Forest Giants of the Pacific Coast

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The forests of the Pacific Coast are the tallest and densest on earth. Even after a century of intensive exploitation, their trees remain unmatched in overall size, height, and age. "Forest Giants of the Pacific Coast" is a guide to the 20 largest species of conifers in North America - from the southern Sierras to Vancouver Island, and from the coast to north-western Montana. Overviews of 20 species feature: colour maps showing distribution of species and locations of individual giant trees; comparative drawings and measurements of giants; colour photographs of typical trees and cones; and, discussion of species and comparison of giants. Individual profiles of 117 giant trees feature: line drawings; colour photographs; measurements; and, description of history, preservation, characteristics, present condition, and location. Giant trees are those with the greatest wood volume. From the Ponderosa Pine 'Bear Creek Twin' to the Coast Douglas Fir 'Ol' Jed', from Giant Sequoias to Western Redcedars, the trees are depicted as individuals. All are unique specimens that represent the extremes to which their species can grow. To seek out the ruling giants and their neighbouring contenders, Robert Van Pelt has travelled the length and breadth of the Pacific Coast and its forests, equipped with a camera, a sketchpad, and a survey laser, amassing a database of over 5,000 individual trees. "Forest Giants of the Pacific Coast" will be of interest to hikers and naturalists as well as to arborists, foresters, and arm-chair explorers.

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Robert Van Pelt is a research associate in forest ecology at the University of Washington and Evergreen State College. He began the Washington State Big Tree Program in 1987, when he became the state coordinator for the national program. He is the author of Champion Trees of Washington State.

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"This fascinating book documents in detail many but certainly not all of the truly marvellous individual giant trees of the Pacific coast of North America, considered to be the tallest and most dense forests on earth."--Tree News, OCtober 2005 "This fascinating book documents in detail many but certainly not all of the truly marvellous individual giant trees to be found in the forests of the Pacific coast of North America ... The book begins with a fascinating section on tree measuring ... Photographs of these tree titans are accompanied by Van Pelt's own immaculate pen drawings of each individual tree... The drawings are remarkable not only for the skill and artistry of the depictions but also because every detail you see on the tree has been exactly measured with lasers to provide a picture of unprecendented accuracy."--Tree News, Autumn/Winter 2005

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