Redwoods in Stout Grove

Drury Redwood - 2nd, 3rd or 4th? ... was 12th

Continued from: Largest Coast Redwoods

 

 

Copyright 2009 - 2016 by Mario Vaden

 

The Drury redwood is located in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. For reference, 2009 data for the Drury redwood was:

275' or 83.8 m high, 19.2' diameter dbh, and 29,774 cu. ft

That gave Drury redwood a reputation for 12th largest redwood back in 2009. But some new info and measurements imply the Drury has potential for 2nd, 3rd or 4th largest ... at least until the new 2014 - 2016 discoveries. Drury's trunk can resemble a half skull or a mask. No directions are listed here but the name relates to where it stands. The remains of "healed-over" felling cuts are evident on the upslope side. Gerald Beranek, an expert on coast redwood logging, says the scars are the remains of a very old hand-chopped undercut. Last time I checked, several of Beranek's redwood books were available at the Humboldt Redwoods visitor center, farther south, along the Avenue of the Giants.

This is a fused trunk coast redwood that probably merged prior to 800 B.C.. Wnen the great Maya civilization was headed for decline, the youthful Drury redwood was just beginning to grow. October 2016 offered a chance to show someone first-hand, how Drury reveals it's fused redwood history.

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Drury Redwood found by Michael Taylor

 

Back around 2010, Michael Taylor listed the diameter a as 20.8' dbh & 30,103 cu. ft. based on older measurements. But Taylor later re-measured extensively with 10,000 data points. He commented that the trunk retains a diameter of 18 ft. at twenty feet up from the ground, making it the widest known redwood at that height (2011). According to Michael, the Drury is still 16 ft. diameter at 100 ft., which should exceed even General Sherman giant sequoia at that measuring point. He suggested at least 35,000 cu. ft., but didn't publish a final calculation at his site. Someone started leaking locations around 2011 and Taylor's enthusiasm for detailed updates diminished. Actually, he removed his site landmarktrees.net permanently.

Using what Taylor had shared, a conical frustum calculation denotes around 27,800 cu. ft. for just the first 100 ft. of trunk. So the Drury may be in the league of El Viejo del Norte, or larger than Howland Hill Giant. Drury Giant may have been the 2nd, 3rd or 4th largest known coast redwood before the new discoveries of 2014 occured. John Montague mentioned that they measured Drury once and arrived with around 30,000 cu. ft., but that sounds like an earlier preliminary estimate, because the diameters Taylor noted of 18 ft. and 16 ft. in the first 100 ft. put Drury close to 30,000 cu. ft. not even counting its entire upper half.

For the moment, Taylor's interjection of notes suggest the Drury has potential 36,000 - 38,000 cu. ft. I find the information intriguing. And there's no question the trunk has almost no taper.

The image above was taken from the tight space available directly upslope. That angle conveys that the Drury redwood is big. But the image below taken from a distance and different angle shows the Drury giant is monumental. No other pre-2014 coast redwood discovery lower trunk looks like this.

But ... post-2014, something was found in Brünnhilde Gulch sharing a big hint of resemblance to Drury redwood's lower trunk.

 

Drury Redwood in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park