Virgin redwood, 864 years old (LOC)

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When: 01 January 1939

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Vachon, John,, 1914-1975,, photographer.

Virgin redwood, 864 years old


1 transparency : color.

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Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944.

World War, 1939-1945

Format: Transparencies--Color

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

Part Of: Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Collection 12002-59 (DLC) 93845501

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Call Number: LC-USW36-954


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    • 16/Jan/2008 18:24:21


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    • 17/Jan/2008 12:56:46

    and they cut it down :(

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    • 17/Jan/2008 15:59:39[email protected]?1186578485" height="24" width="24" /> :: . . . for Science (we're good at counting rings), ya know.

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    • 17/Jan/2008 17:07:48

    It could have just fallen on it's own.

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    • 17/Jan/2008 22:52:30

    somewhere in here i was born ... and there i died

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    Chris Boese

    • 18/Jan/2008 02:43:32

    You said it, Grace Kelly!

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    Chris Boese

    • 18/Jan/2008 03:21:44

    Whoops, my bad, Kim Novak! Wrong movie!

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    • 19/Jan/2008 06:29:53

    I think I have seen that recently irl, but don't remember where.....

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    • 21/Jan/2008 03:00:29

    The photographer's own life would have been a mere blink in time to the subject.

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    The Queen of No

    • 23/Jan/2008 20:44:22

    just amazing

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    inquisitive cherry

    • 25/Jan/2008 17:38:37

    There is one similar to this at the main AAA (actually ACSC) in Los Angeles.

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    • 25/Jan/2008 19:13:36


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    • 30/Jan/2008 16:55:38

    Looks similar to one cross-section in Portland, Oregon's former Forestry Building in the '50s.

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    John (Tex) O'Connor

    • 04/Feb/2008 07:58:58


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    • 07/Feb/2008 05:51:59

    Hard to believe, but redwoods bigger and older than this are still being cut down in Northern California by Pacific Lumber Company. In 1974 I personally counted the growth rings on the stump of a 54 ft. circumference giant redwood cut down in Mendocino County by Georgia-Pacific, a corporation which has since left the county after logging off all the available redwoods from its lands. There were over 1540 countable rings on the big stump I counted, plus more years of growth in the center where the wood had rotted away over the centuries. I had to use a magnifying glass to clearly see and count some of the rings. Only a tiny percentage of the original 2,000,000 acres of Coast Redwood forest remains uncut. Forest protection activists have been trying to put the brakes on corporate liquidation logging for more than 30 years. Most people assume the remaining virgin redwoods have been saved, and are amazed that some people still think it's okay to cut them down for fancy decks and wall paneling. Redwood is not used for structural lumber. It's too expensive for that, because it's so rare. There's only one place in the world where the Sequioia sempervirens grows naturally, and I'm priveleged to live there. This photo has got me started, and I'm going to find that 1974 slide documenting the 1540 year old redwood and post it in my Flickr stream soon.

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    I likE plants!

    • 03/Mar/2008 23:35:03

    One word..... 'Amazing'!

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    Happy Tinfoil Cat

    • 11/Mar/2008 21:24:07

    Pioneers lived inside this tree which was burned out by a lightning strike. DSC08668 Here, my family stands at the base of a large one smDSC03778 Most people will never get a chance to see these. Clear cutting these 300 foot giants is a crime against humanity IMHO.

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    Tashunka Witko (alias CP)

    • 07/Jul/2010 16:47:57

    ...solo la stupidità dell'uomo poteva abbatterlo!!

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    • 03/Nov/2010 03:04:45

    In the early 1980s I told my class of 4th graders about a giant redwood I had seen in California that was over 2000 years old. I explained that it had started to grow before Jesus was born and the kids buzzed with comments and questions. Every once in a while someone would ask me something about the tree. Towards the end of the year, I told them some fantastic tale and one of the boys said, "yeah, yeah, we know, just like that tree in California that's older than God!"

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    • 29/Dec/2010 15:53:57

    [] The redwoods will grow nicely in Oregon too, although not to 300 feet inland near Portland. But certainly 200 to 300 feet in our coast range if they would plant them. Since they log big swaths of our coastal forests every half decade or so, maybe they should replant some areas with coast redwood, I've already seen a few sporadic spots along Hy. 26 where they planted a few giant sequoia. But coast redwood should be better. ******************** MDV Coast Redwoods