The Oregon Record Hackberry Tree

  “Ralph, I think I have identified the Oregon record Hackberry tree. I have found Hackberry trees in the Deschutes River Canyon… they seem to be uncommon in Oregon… I know where some big ones are located… maybe one is a record. Let’s go look.” “A Hackberry tree was submitted …

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The Troutlake Big Tree

The Troutlake “Big Tree”: Do you know of any big trees? This Ponderosa Pine near Troutlake, WA, is a dandy. Ralph Anderson (in picture), using  proper forestry technique, measured the circumference of this tree at 21 feet 10 inches. According to forestry technique the standard for measuring the lumber content …

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Hiking Big Bottom Wilderness

The Big Bottom Wilderness Area came into being in 2009. Located on the Clackamas River about 42 miles from Estacada it can be approached most easily by following State Highway (SH) 224 to Ripplebrook Guard Station and then Primary Forest Route (PFR) 46. Turn right on a Secondary Forest Route …

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Big Trees in Big Bottom Wilderness

Ralph Anderson wanted to show me some big trees. We were buddies in high school some 56 years ago. We recently renewed the friendship  and found we had a mutual interest in botanical things. Yesterday we set out on an adventure. He knew of a grove of old growth trees …

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