Magazine article American Forests

The Biggest Eastern White Pines

Magazine article American Forests

The Biggest Eastern White Pines

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Though they don't quite rank as old-growth, these co-champions will surely give you a crick in your neck.

AROUND the country, at a variety of events and the end of each broadcast day, w sing our respects to the flag and what it represents. But if some New Englander had had their way 200 years ago, we might today be singing, "Oh, say, does that mighty pine banner yet wave."

In the first major battle of the American Revolutionary War at Bunker Hill, Colonel William Prescott's men carried a colonial flag emblazoned with an eastern white pine. A different pine-tree flag was flown by the ships of the American Navy in New England waters. Among other grievances with the Crown, the colonists were fed up with British laws that reserved the choicest white pines for masting the Royal Navy. To New England patriots, the eastern white pine was a symbol of American hardiness, potential, and pride.

COMMON NAME                  EASTERN WHITE PINE
SCIENTIFIC NAME              PINUS STROBUS
LOCATION                     MARQUETTE, MICHIGAN (BOTH)
NOMINATOR                    PAUL THOMPSON (BOTH)
MOST RECENT MEASUREMENT      1984 (BOTH)

                                CO-CHAMPIONS:

CIRCUMFERENCE AT 4 1/2 FT. … 
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