Exploring virgin forest, Taiwanese expert uncovers massive trees

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/02/23
By: Lee Shien-feng and Chi Jo-yao

Taipei, Feb. 23 (CNA) A Taiwanese forestry expert has documented for the first time an old-growth forest

Photo courtesy of Rebecca Hsu

in Yushan National Park featuring three giant trees taller than 60 meters after a seven-day trek to the area.

The one-hectare forest was first discovered in 2007, but its location was not recorded, and Rebecca Hsu (徐嘉君), an assistant researcher at the Taiwan Forestry Research Institute, wanted to find where it was and explore it further.

After a seven-day, 80-kilometer hike into the mountains with her mountaineering team, Hsu found the untouched forest with giant trees.

Three trees in the forest stood out — one Taiwan spruce and two Taiwanias — that had diameters of 2.3-3.5 meters and heights of 63-64 meters, close to that of a 20-story building, Hsu said.  [FULL  STORY]

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