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Coast Douglas-fir 'Red Creek Tree' along the San Juan River

This page contains specific information about coast Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) '4972', which can be found along the San Juan River in Port Renfrew (municipality of Port Renfrew).

This tree is called "Red Creek Tree". It is the largest Douglas-fir and the largest tree in the pine family (Pinaceae) by volume (349 m3). Measurements from Van Pelt (2001): Forest Giants of the Pacific Coast.

The girth of the tree, measured at a height of 1.37 m, is 13.30 m (Dec 1998, "Forest Giants of the Pacific Coast").


The height was measured more than once:
YearHeightMeasurementMeasurement method
000073.80 m KoutaRLaser with Sine method (e.g. Nikon Forestry 550 laser rangefinder)
1998-1273.80 m"Forest Giants of the Pacific Coast"Laser with Sine method (e.g. Nikon Forestry 550 laser rangefinder)

Each measurement can be done with varying accuracy.This tree was planted around the year 1000 ± 300, which makes it around 1015 ± 300 years old (KoutaR, Nov 1, 2011).

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The photos are provided by KoutaR.

San Juan River, picture by KoutaR, 2011-11-01

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