Redwood Trees

M. D. Vaden, Arborist ~ News and Tree Discovery

This page includes information pertaining to M. D. Vaden tree discoveries, world record finds and news. Most have another full page, with links provided.


photograph of worlds tallest maple, acer, in redwood forest

News | Discovery | USA Largest Known Coast Redwood 2014

Throughout 2014, we discovered quite a few giants in Redwood National and State Parks. The preliminary measure shows one or more of them to be the largest known Coast Redwood. In 2014 and 2015 we found four new diameter champions for Coast Redwood's species. Read more: Year of Discovery


News | USA Tallest Maple Discovered 2012

October 2012, Mario Vaden measures "Humboldt Honey", a new tallest known maple. This Bigleaf Maple is the new USA height record for the Maple (Acer) genus. Found July, 19th, 2012. Possible world record: 2012 Maple Discovery


News | World's Tallest Pines Discovered 2011

January 2011, Vaden joined Taylor to explore Rogue River Siskiyou National Forest for tall pine trees. The expedition yielded 4 new world's tallest pine trees (Ponderosa). The KGW story was written by Paul Fattig, January 23, 2011.

Michael Taylor by waterfall in Siskiyou National Forest after pine discovery news story

Our page has more details including further discovery by Taylor in the same area. Read more: 2011 Pine Discovery

Later, October 2011, the Ponderosa Pines were climbed and re-measured by Ascending the Giants. You can find those stories and video using the link above.

The January 2011 story was also repeated locally in Portland by KGW news: KGW News Tallest Pine


Discovery | 2011 - World's Tallest Hemlock
Found same weekend that the 2011 Tsunami from Japan hit our USA west coast. Read more at: Record Western Hemlock Tsunami


Discovery | 2011 - World's Tallest Live-Top Douglas Fir
Read more: Tallest Douglas Firs


Discovery | 2009 - World's Tallest Port Orford Cedar
Read more: Record Port Orford Cedar


News | World's Tallest Christmas Tree 2011

Michael Taylor by waterfall in Siskiyou National Forest after pine discovery news story

December 2010, Mario Vaden was contacted by the Humboldt Convention and Visitor's Bureau in Eureka, California, regarding a living Ferndale Christmas tree.

Mario met a man from HCVB, and drove to Ferndale to laser measure a 150 foot tall Spruce (Coeur d' Alene was supposed to have the world's tallest a 160' tall Pine).

The Ferndale Spruce measured 151.25'

This trigggered a snowballing of events, measuring and news, as Ferndale and Coeur d' Alene continued the rivalry between towns for which one really has the world's tallest living Christmas tree.

Mario Vaden still has an offer on the table to measure the Ferndale spruce again to lay the matter to rest, but it seems that fact and fiction have been taken care of by now.

Read more:

Ferndale vs. Coeur d' Alene The Coeur d' Alene Press ran this story January 2011.


Discovery | 2011 - Falcon's Tower Sitka Spruce in Oswald West State Park. A potential contender for an Oregon champion Sitka Spruce. The extra page has more notes. Read more: Largest Spruce Trees in Oregon


Photos below from the 2011 measuring of the world record pine near Grants Pass. In the top right photo, the climber is not ascending but traversing horizontally through the air about 200 feet up from another adjacent Ponderosa Pine that he is climbing in the left photo.


Climbing of World's tallest Pine tree Climbing of World's tallest Pine tree
Climbing of World's tallest Pine tree Climbing of World's tallest Pine tree