Biggest Fir Slices Donated
from the Crown Zellerbach Times,
Crown Zellerbach has presented a 7,000-pound slice of history to the City of
Portland in the form of a nine-foot cross-section from the Clatsop fir, once
the world's largest Douglas fir tree.
the local press and television recording the event, the cross-section
was placed on display at the city's Forestry Building.
November 25, 1962, the forest giant stood on CZ's Clatsop Tree
Farm near Seaside, Ore., a short distance from the company's
Klootchy Creek Park. On that date, after having survivied uncounted
storms and winds in it's estimated 702 years of life, including
hurricane-force winds on October 12, 1962, the giant crashed
to the ground during a blustery Sou'wester.
death came only a short time after it was officially designated
the world's largest Douglas fir. It was 15.8 feet in diameter
at breast height and measured 200 feet, 6 inches to it's four-foot
CZ Clatsop division loggers found decay had taken its toll in
the base of the giant, which was a seedling when Marco Polo began
his travels. The loggers had to go 38 feet up the tree before
they could buck a solid cross-section.
cross-sections have been prepared for display at Klootchy Creek
Park; Astoria, Ore.; Collier State Park near Klamath Falls, Ore.;
the School of Forestry at Oregon State University in Corvallis,
Ore., and the Oregon State Forestry Department. Among recipients
of the world's biggest log "lily pads" will be CZ's
Central Research division in Camas.