Copyright 2009 - 2016 by Mario Vaden
Isaac Newton is another coast redwood discovered by Michael Taylor. It was the 7th largest known back in 2009, but new discoveries were made, and continue. By 2015, 9th largest was a better description. The measurements were 299 ft. or 99.1 meters tall, 22.5' diameter dbh and a generous 33,192 cubic feet of wood volume. In a 2001 publication, Dr. Robert Van Pelt wrote it was 23' diameter and 311' tall. Odds are 12' broke off and Taylor remeasured it. Both diameters can be correct, but I can't explain on this page how or why ... I would need to show you on a redwood and hemlock in the forest with a real example.
Sir Issac Newton is similar to Screaming Titans in that both both coast redwoods started as twin trunks that enlarged or partially fused to become what we see today. Sir Isaac Newton's twin stems had closer points of origin. It's easier to explain and point-out where and how the trunk reveals the history, but it's clearly evident.
The lower trunk has a burl exceeding 40.000 pounds. In the photo, you can see a person beneath the burl. This used to be the national Champion coast redwood for a while in the 1990s.
Pay close attention to the front of the trunk in the first photo. This shows the redwood several years after Preston's redwood book was released. Previously, the trunk met the was much more concealed. The change was due to careless people coming up the front of the trunk for photo ops instead of carefully approaching from the rear. In this photo, the lower trunk looks like someone took a belt sander to it to smooth it off. Standing under the burl in itself, never caused that plant loss; but climbing the front.
The name? Michael Taylor networked and explored with a few other people like Ron Hildebrandt of Arcata, and a few redwood names resulted from personal interaction. Michael shared that the name Isaac Newton evolved from Newton B Drury. The redwood was named after Newton B. Drury's first name. But Ron Hildebrant felt it was redundant with the Drury Redwood so he proposed Sir Isaac Newton. Ron used Calculus to estimate Sir Isaac Newton's volume. Sir Isaac Newton is credited with inventing calculus. So the name evolved to Sir Isaac Newton from Newton.
The Prairie Creek park where this redwood grows receives 80 to 100 inches of rainfall per year, and judging by redwoods like this and others, they like the climate.
For me, this is one of the more interesting coast redwoods. I like the unique shape. If you keep a sharp eye exploring, you may spot it in the Prairie Creek area. This redwood photographs nicely. The hillside has an amphitheater feel.
The photo below is older than the previous. This image shows a large huckleberry before people broke it away from the base. There were also more ferns and other plants around the bottom. It should be evident comparing the two images. The hint of yellow-green in the foreground is a wild cucumber vine. This was taken before someone chose to leak the location online, triggering a surge of visitors who went there improperly prepared to preserve vegetation.
Hopefully these photos and others will show the educational value of this website.