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3 Sierra sugar pines added to list of 6 biggest in world

This undated picture provided by Sugar Pine Foundation shows tree hunters, from left, Ben...
This undated picture provided by Sugar Pine Foundation shows tree hunters, from left, Ben Fetzer, Michael W. Taylor, Maria Mircheva posing with the second tallest sugar tree in Yosemite, Calif. Michael W. Taylor, a big tree hunter who has been charting some of the largest trees in the West for more than a decade has added three in the Sierra Nevada to the list of tallest sugar pines known to exist in the world. (Sugar Pine Foundation via AP)(AP)
Published: Jan. 31, 2021 at 9:55 AM PST
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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. - A big tree hunter who has been charting some of the largest trees in the West for more than a decade has added three in the Sierra Nevada to the list of tallest sugar pines known to exist in the world.

Michael W. Taylor recently documented two in the Tahoe National Forest west of Lake Tahoe nearly as tall as the length of a football field.

At 267 feet, 6 inches, and 267 feet, 1.8 inches, they are the second and third tallest sugar pines ever recorded.

The Tahoe Daily Tribune reported that the third, found in the Stanislaus National Forest, checks in at sixth on the all-time list at 253 feet, 2 inches.

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