This page includes various information pertaining to tree discoveries and some news. Most have another full page and links are provided. July 2012, Mario Vaden discovered a maple that may be a new world record for Acer, just under 160 ft. tall (Avenue of the Giants at Humboldt Redwoods SP). This was the latest discovery, measured accurately in October, 2012.
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. Our mdvaden.com 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: 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
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.
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. Read more: Largest Spruce Trees in Oregon
Photos below from the 2011 measuring of the world record pine near Grants Pass. And the weather was incredibly good that day. In the top right photo, the climber is not ascending the tree: he is traversing horizontally through the air about 200 feet up, from another adjacent Ponderosa Pine, the one you see him climbing in the left photo. We used a campground in the same forest as a base of operations, shown below in the evening with the sun rays, when we returned.