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Petitioning Barb Maynes, Olympic National Park Spokesperson Olympic National Park

Respect Big Cedar's Life and Do Not Remove or Disturb. Please let nature take its course.


The Olympic National Park Service will be making a decision whether to cut down Big Cedar or to leave the tree stand. The decision weighs heavily on hiker safety because there is trail to the tree.

The elements of nature that threaten hikers include lightening, flash floods, freezing temperatures, falling trees, landslides, wildlife attack, falls and injuries.  These are risks we take when we go out into nature and that is why we respect and enjoy it.  I would rather you shut the trail down until BigCedar falls naturally or build a trail that clears Big Cedar than for anyone to decide that it is time to cut Big Cedar down.  People from around the region and tourist from around the world have visited that tree for decades.  Generation after generation of my own family visited and took pictures at the tree for family vacations every summer. 

This tree is irreplaceable.  Klaloch needs this tree in its own environment even after it dies and falls.  It would be devastating and robbery to remove this tree from the forest.  If it does come down, the final resting place should be in the ecosystem that sustained it life for over 1000 years.  This tree is the mother of many other cedar trees. Even if they have to shut the trail down to allow it to stand until it dies a natural death it would be better than cutting it down.

Fallen timber, or coarse woody debris, contributes carbon-rich organic matter directly to the soil, providing a substrate for mosses, fungi, and seedlings, and creating microhabitats by creating relief on the forest floor. In some ecosystems such as the temperate rain forest of the North American Pacific coast, fallen timber may become nurse logs, providing a substrate for seedling trees.


Intact soils harbor many life-forms that rely on them. Intact soils generally have very well-defined horizons, or soil profiles. Different organisms may need certain well-defined soil horizons in order to live, while many trees need well-structured soils free of disturbance in order to thrive. Some herbaceous plants in northern hardwood forests must have thick duff layers (which are part of the soil profile). Fungal ecosystems are essential for efficient in-situ recycling of nutrients back into the entire ecosystem.

Old-growth forests provide ecosystem services that may be far more important to society than their use as a source of raw materials. These services include breathable air, pure water, carbon storage, regeneration of nutrients, and maintenance of soils, pest control by insectivorous bats and insects, micro- and macro-climate control, and the storage of a wide variety of genes.

It is vital to Big Cedars immediate niche that we do not interfere with nature in the process of the trees decay.  The path alone may have eroded the biosphere to cause some of the damage that is breaking down Big Cedar and this is something to be considered as well if a new path could avoid this Landmark.  Please put your best effort into saving Big Cedar.


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