Bristlecone Pines

Date: Wed, 28 Aug 1996 18:55:52 +0000
From: David & AndreaJaussi 
To: jj68@NYU.EDU
Subject: Bristlecones trees...

        Great website- nice pictures!  I am a little sad that amoung your
catagories of ancient trees you have left out the long-lived Great Basin
tree called the Bristlecone (Pinus longaeva).  This rare and ancient
pinetree grows only in the high mountains of the isolated deserts of
California, Nevada, and Utah.  The Great Basin bristlecones are known as
the oldest trees in the world.  Methuselah Grove in the White Mountains
of California has some of oldest stands of these trees (4,000 years
plus.)  In 1964, on Mount Washington in the Snake Range an
over-enthusiastic researcher cut one of these ancient trees down.  The
tree's rings stopped at almost 5,000 years!
        I have spent alot of time in the West Desert of Utah and whenever I
have encountered these strange trees I have been in total awe of their
wild and primitive beauty.  More justice and recognition should be given
to these endangered and ancient trees.  They are a priceless treasure
that belongs to all of us.  Without help, these trees may not be around
for future generations to view and experience.

                                Clear blue skies,

                                  David Jaussi

Please check out the art work done by students at Albert Lowry High School in Winnemucca, Nevada on this site. Wonderful images of a 4,600 year old Bristlecone Pine in the Great Basin National Park.

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