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Biologists found a giant tree in North Vancouver that was about the same width as the cabin of a Boeing 747 plane.

Biologists have discovered that it may be one of the widest trees ever recorded in British Columbia.

Iantomas measured the diameter of the Western Red Cedar in in North Vancouver, British Columbia, between 4.8 and 5.8 meters.

If Thomas' preliminary measurements are correct, the giant found at the Lynn Headwaters Regional Park will barely fit inside the Boeing 747's cabin.

Tree diameter at chest height (DBH) is still needed Officially verified and could eventually be up to 1 meter shorter than the 5.8 meter calculation He said depending on the measurement method on steep and steep slopes.

Regardless of the exact size, there is no doubt that huge trees are very old.

"It came to the end of about 10 hours of Bushwak," said Thomas on Monday, hostingCBC'son the coast, . I told Gloria Makarenko. .. "I spend a lot of time researching satellite maps and government datasets, and I'm fortunate enough to just hang out in these incredibly threatened ancient forests. Some are here in B.C. "

He and his colleague Colin Splat nicknamed the" awe-inspiring "tree found in the" primitive "red cedar grove." Attached North Shore Giant.

Big-tree searcher Colin Spratt stands with a very large western red cedar in North Vancouver's Lynn Headwaters Regional Park.
Big Tree Searcher Colin Spratt stands by a very large Western Red Cedar in Lynn Headwaters Regional Park, North Vancouver. .. He and biologist Ian Thomas measured the diameter at chest height (DBH) up to 5.8 meters, but could otherwise reduce it to 4.8 meters, still the largest in British Columbia. It became one of the trees. record. (Ian Thomas)

The tree is on the territory of Tsleil-Waututh Nation. The head of the treaty, land and resources said that the western red cedar had been used by his people, from dugout canoe, clothing, buildings to ceremonies and medicinal purposes.

"Everything from roots to branches to trunks," Gabriel George said in a telephone interview. "For our people, they are medicines .... Sugi trees are sacred to us."

Hearing about the discovery made his "happy heart" , B.C. I wanted to remind others of the importance of the few ancient primeval forests that remain in.

"When I saw the picture and heard the story, it was very uplifting," he said. 

This particular cedar is already in a protected area, but Thomas says it reminds us how blessed it is that the state still has such natural wonders. I did.

"You have encountered one of the largest and oldest creatures on this planet," he said. "It's like seeing a blue whale or a northern white rhino. This part of this rich and wild world."

B.C. According to the University, Forestry professor Robert Guy is a big Western Red Cedar. Has an "ecosystem on most branches".

"A tree of this size must be very old," he said. "It can be 1,000 or 2,000 years old. There are trees on the North Shore that are approaching 2,000 years old."

Red cedars become hollow as they get older. , It is often impossible to count the inner ring like other trees.

A giant Western Red Cedar has been found in remote areas of North Vancouver and may be one of the largest leftists of its kind. Chat with one of the tree hunters who discovered this North Shore Giant.

According to the University of British ColumbiaBig Tree Registry, a tree with a diameter of 5.8 meters is the fourth widest on record.

The top seven in front of the registry are all on Vancouver Island, and the widest is the 6-meter Western Red Cedar in Pacific Rim National Park.

At Lynn Headwaters, the largest diameter recorded for trees was 5.1 meters, which was also a red cedar. Trees over 4.8 meters wide rank in the top 13 of the state. The

registry was unable to request comments on the Thomas preliminary measurements. He said a member of the committee was in the process of checking the size of the tree.

Based on the picture, Guy said, Trees look unhealthy, the phenomenon he said is more and more common in BC.

"Drought times have shown more signs of distress in recent years than other ... species ," he said. "This is probably related to climate change.

" So Another thing about these trees is that they remind us that they have experienced a lot. I think that. that's right.