Biologists have discovered a behemoth tree in North Vancouver that is almost the same width as a Boeing 747 airplane cabin. Expert biologists said the western red cedar found in Lynn Headwaters Regional Park is most likely 1,000 to 2,000 years old. Ian Thomas measured the tree in North Vancouver, B.C. to be somewhere between 4.8 to 5.8 metres in diameter.
Thomas explained “It came at the end of about a 10-hour bushwhack, … I spend a lot of my time studying satellite maps and government datasets – and just sloggin through these incredible, threatened ancient forests that we’re so lucky to have, some of them, here in B.C.”
The tree is located on the Tsleil-Waututh Nation territories. According to the director of treaty, lands and resources, the western red cedars have been used by his people for everything from dugout canoes, clothing and building to ceremonial and medicinal uses.
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