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Doerner Fir, Oregon

Main characteristics

Coordinates: 43.1795 N 123.8019 W
No:168        (list of all attractions)
Category:Trees
Values:Biology
Rank:4
Address:North America, United States, Oregon, Coos County, valley of Brummit Creek, 5 km northeast from Sitkum
Alternate name:Brummet Fir, Brummitt Fir
Species:coast Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii var. menziesii (Mirb.) Franco)
Height:99.4 m
Diameter:3.54 m
Volume:237 m3
Doerner Fir, Oregon, United States
Doerner Fir, Oregon / US Bureau of Land Management, public domain

It is possible that the tallest tree of the world up to the end of 19th century was coast Douglas fir - in 1897 there was cut reportedly 142 m tall fir in Loup's Ranch, Washington state. Nowadays the tallest known coast Douglas fir is Doerner Fir in Oregon, 99.4 m tall. The age of this tree is approximately 450 - 500 years.

This giant tree was discovered in 1989 and first measured two years later. It has been measured several times with slightly different results from 99.4 to 100.3 m.

One of recent measurements was done in 2008 by three climbers (Brian French, Will Koomjian, Sean O'Connor) from Ascending the Giants of Portland - they climbed the tree up to the top and measured it with tape - it was 99.7 m tall. Lately though it has been reported to be 99.4 m tall - the top is dry and gets shorter. The tree stands on a slope and there has been calculated the average level at its base.

The upper 15 m of this giant tree are almost dead. Due to this Doerner Fir step by step is becoming lower, but it is expected that the circumference and volume of timber will gradually increase.

Initially the tree was named Brummit Fir - after the stream near it. Later though it got name of Ray Doerner, Douglas County Commissioner.

Bureau of Land Management has arranged a special Doerner Fir Trail, leading through primeval forests (called also cathedral forests) of Oregon's Coast Ranges.

There is a probability that in remote valleys of Oregon might be found a taller coast Douglas fir.

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