The saddest case is the story of Converse Basin, once the largest grove of mature Sequoias in the world. It was privately-owned, and in the late 1800s was extensively logged. This was not even a successful commercial venture because when Sequoias fall, they tend to splinter into unusable wood. So these magnificent trees were all cut down to become pencils and grapevine stakes. So in the end, only one mature Sequoia survives in Converse Basin, the Boole Tree, ironically named for the foreman of the lumber company that cut down all the others. But what a magnificent tree it is!
|Stump Meadow in Converse Basin. Sequoia wood takes centuries to decompose.|
|This shows the immense size of the stumps next to our truck|
|The Boole tree stands among fir and pine trees and towers over them all|
|The fires scar on this tree must be sixty feet high. I walked around the tree as close as I could and counted 52 paces around it!|
|Not only big, the Boole tree has unbelievable character and beauty. So does the sweet girl standing next to it ;-)|