USFS foresters were surveying the giant old ponderosa pines here in the campground today.
One of their procedures is to take a tiny core sample and count the rings to age the tree.
There is a really cool giant ponderosa that is on our campsite.
The deep shade of this ancient tree has listened many a campfire tale. We had guessed it to be around 100 years old because it was beginning to get that golden color to it’s bark. We missed it a bit.
Here is the core sample site that will fill with sap and protect the tree.
Here is a look at the core’s length.
Here is a look at the texture of the cores rings.
Click on photos for a larger look.
So, how old was the friendly giant that lives in our yard ?
Ninety two years old.