When this Western red cedar fell victim to a windstorm in 2006 it was over 600 years old. This means it was a seedling when settlers first set foot on North America's Eastern shores. As a mature tree, it weighed 36 tonnes & stored enough water to fill 100 bathtubs, which helped it survive summer droughts. Western red cedars produce a natural fungicide called thujaplicin which gives cedars their famous aroma & helps to wood resist decay. This cedar log will take several centuries to rot away - it will be home to many generations of wildlife & provide a rich nutrient base on which young trees & plants can root & grow. Almost all young evergreens in rainforests grow on decaying logs & stumps, so slowly rotting cedars play a key role in supporting forest regeneration. Text copied from information sign by the log.
Forest in Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC.
Lat: 49.25, Long: -123.13
Spotted on Mar 28, 2012
Submitted on Mar 29, 2012