To prevent losing more forest giants, people need to protect individual large trees and places where they are more likely to grow, Lindenmayer said. It's also important that land managers realize the importance of big old trees. "Many managers have no idea about this," he said.
"We all know that big animals like whales, tigers are in trouble - now we have seen that big trees are too," he said. The problem is these trees take centuries to get big, he said.
Big trees are important to people, as well, Lutz said. "They are majestic, though they were once as all the other saplings," he said. "By preserving them, we preserve our heritage and our hope and maybe a bit of ourselves as well."
Photo: The General Sherman Tree found in Sequoia National Park, believed to be the world's largest tree by volume. Credit: Linda & Dr. Dick Buscher
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