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By Gilbert Thibault

While touring north on California road 395 in the summertime of 1996 along with his younger daughter and niece, Gil Thibault came upon the Bristlecone Pine nationwide wooded area from only a small highway check in colossal Pine, California. He used to be surprised through the distinctive good looks, structure, and sturdiness of the bushes. His wish to write a booklet concerning the Bristlecone Pines stayed subdued, yet by no means went extinct. eventually, in 2010, after years of goals and recurrent techniques, he made up our minds to jot down this ebook, a two-year exertions of affection. this can be a pleasant and informative consultant to the unimaginable good looks and clinical worth of the Bristlecone Pines of the White Mountains in imperative California.

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At the Schulman Grove you will find my friends and fossils. At the Visitor Center there are knowledgeable rangers. They are eager to answer your questions. Beware! Squirrels will love to “steal” or run off with your food. Farther up a dirt road, called “Patriarch Road,” and on the way up to the White Mountains, there are some of the driest mountains in the world. Some people claim it is also one of the highest deserts in the world. The surface of these mountains looks like the rocky, lifeless, their Lunar Rover.

22 Classic BP tree The light bark indicates life. The bark-less or dark-gray part of the tree indicates death . In Bristlecone Pine country—our “babies” are hundreds of years old. “It’s lonely at 11,500 feet. Please visit me, near the Patriarch Grove” This is one of our “Baby” BPs near the Patriarch Grove. Notice the sparse vegetation nearby. The author’s wife Judy is holding the top of a “baby” which may be hundreds of years old. We are at 11,500 feet. 23 BP babies growing near one another within the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest Baby BPs, a snag (dead tree), and teenager near the tree line at 11,000 feet I would love for you to see my green and prickly five fingers, my needles, and limbs.

39 Each of my friends has their own character and shape. As a tree freezes during the winter and thaws during the spring and summer, heat and cold will force large pieces of bark to break away. The effects cause sculptured changes to the trunks and limbs. A new baby Bristlecone Pine is at the foot of a snag. A “snag” is a dead Bristlecone Pine tree which died thousands of years ago, but is still standing and anchored to the ground. “New li fe among the dead” Recently, tree scientists discovered a snag that is still anchored to the ground.

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