Tannen Lakes Douglas Fir


This tree is different from most other large trees of the species for growing all the way up at 5000 feet elevation; most large Douglas firs grow much lower. Situated less than 50 feet from the bank of a glacial lake high in the Siskiyou Mountains of Southwest Oregon, this tree seems to be thriving. It is over 10 feet in diameter and roughly 200 feet tall. More importantly to us, its structure and ratio of foliage to wood suggest a tree in middle age, likely with several hundred more years of life in it.
This tree is located within the federally designated Red Buttes Wilderness, protecting it from being logged. It is very close to a campsite, but so far has seen no vandalism or heavy foot traffic from visitors.




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