Crowning the kings of the forest

Crowning the kings of the forest

Hermosa Creek home to 3 of tallest measured evergreens
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Steve Colburn of Laser Technology Inc. places a marker on the tree he is helping measure.
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Bob Leverett uses a “hypsometer,” a laser range finder, to measure the height of a Ponderosa pine.
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The ponderosa pine believed to be the tallest in the Rockies is 9½ feet around.
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This Ponderosa pine near the Hermosa Creek Trail north of Durango is the tallest tree to be measured in the Rocky Mountains. It is 275 years old, nearly 161 feet tall and has a girth of 9½ feet.
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