The largest Sitka Spruce broke off in the latest severe storm to hit Oregon. This article tells of it and what happened with things that affect the environment during its 700 year life, e.g., it was a sapling when The Plague struck Europe.
Story. New West. By Joseph Friedrichs

Added. Related from the Oregonian. Big, wet storms may become new ‘normal’. Global warming – Faster-than-expected tropical expansion could bring more tempests to the Northwest By Michael Milstein.

Added. More on more rain in the Pacific Northwest. Climate change could mean more massive downpours. By Lisa Stiffler and Tom Paulson. Seattle Post-Intelligencer Reporters.

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is past President of the Western Watersheds Project and the creator of The Wildlife News.

4 Responses to Nation’s Largest Sitka Spruce Dies In Oregon Storm

  1. avatar Bob Caesar says:

    To all things there is a season…

    Visited this ole gal last year! What an amazing thing Mother Nature is!

    You dropped a ton of cones during your life! Lots have grown straight and tall just like their Mom!

  2. avatar Chuck says:

    I use to catch lots of fish near by while growing up there

  3. avatar kt says:

    I am sorry to hear about that magnificent tree.

    This, though, just highlights how little care and interest there is in the REAL ancient trees of much of the American West – Pinyon and Juniper.

    Western juniper, whch grows in Oregon, Idaho, and California – can live to be 1600 years old. There is a proposal in the Steens for massive killing of western juniper. The Owyhee ranchers drool at the thought of killing old growth western juniper – and the BLM lies to aid and abet this killing. There is a truly horrendous proposal afoot in the Modoc to massively kill western juniper for Biomassing. The DEIS comment period has already elapsed.

    The Utah juniper of the Great Basin and a bit of southeastern idaho (and furhter south) : Can live to be TWO THOUSAND Years. And be only 10 or 12 feet tall …

    These trees, dubbed “woodlands” or ‘”pygmy forests” because the Land Grant college types who deal in their death just cannot bear to call them forests lest someone really care about them – are wantonly killed by BLM and the Forest Service on public lands Nevada, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, California – in various Haz Fuels or ‘rangeland health” projects. The Bush admin. just finalized the Westwide Weed EIS – that will unleash new herbicides – on top of fire, chaining, cutting and biomassing that the agencies are planning.

  4. Thanks, KT.

    They claim they are preventing the massive spread of junipers, but they destroy the old ones with equal, if not more abandon.

    Cattle again.


December 2007


‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

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