Michael Taylor (forester)
Michael Taylor in Redwood National Park taking a preliminary measurement with a laser rangefinder
Michael W. Taylor
25 April 1966
|Known for||Discovered Hyperion (tree), the tallest tree in the world. Discovered many tall redwood trees.|
Michael W. Taylor (born 25 April 1966, in Los Angeles) is a leading discoverer of champion and tallest trees - most notably coast redwoods. In 2006, Taylor co-discovered the tallest known tree in the world, a coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) now named "Hyperion". He also discovered "Helios" and "Icarus", the 2nd and 3rd tallest.
Taylor has discovered 50 coast redwoods over 350 feet (107 m) tall, and co-discovered approximately 100 more with Chris Atkins and Stephen Sillett, who is the first holder of the Kenneth L. Fisher Chair in Redwood Forest Ecology at Humboldt State University. Taylor and Sillett have collaborated and measured remarkable previously unknown redwoods. Their discoveries have fueled research and public interest in coast redwoods, which are now a World Heritage Site.
Michael is a main character of the non-fiction book (2007) The Wild Trees. The narrative includes how Taylor began exploring for tall trees, measuring tallest trees, and later networking with Pacific coast forest researchers.
Tallest tree discoveries
Redwoods: Helios and Icarus were discovered in 2006, shortly before Hyperion. Hyperion was the record height coast redwood that prompted National Geographic Society and Save-the-Redwoods League to coordinate a documentary. These are just 3 of many coast redwoods over 350 feet (107 m) feet which Michael Taylor discovered. The details are chronicled at www.talltreesclub.org[dead link]
Pines: Discovery of 4 new world's tallest pine trees, January, 2011.
Largest coast redwood discoveries
Taylor discovered and co-discovered the largest known coast redwoods. The locations of these trees have not been disclosed by the National and California State Parks to the general public. For more information see www.landmarktrees.net[dead link]
|Tree Name||Location||Height||Diameter (b.h)||Volume||Source|
|Fusion Giant, aka Melkor||RNP||106.3||349||6.8||22||1107.2||39,100|||
|Del Norte Titan||JSRSP||93.6||307||7.3||24||1053.38||37,200|||
|El Viejo Del Norte||JSRSP||98.7||324||7.1||23||1002.41||35,400|||
|Howland Hill Giant||JSRSP||100.6||330||5.85||19.2||950.9||33,580|||
Taylor attended Humboldt State University from 1984-87 studying forestry, attended San Diego State University in 1988, returned to Humboldt State University 1992-94 completing a bachelor of science in environmental engineering.
Michael Taylor resides in northern California.
- National Geographic: Measuring Hyperion
- Eureka, new tallest living thing, San Francisco Chronicle
- "For Extreme Tree Hunters, Redwoods Rule". Washington Post.
- "For Extreme Tree Hunters, Redwoods Rule". NBC News.
- "Sillett: Ken L. Fisher Chair in Redwood Forest Ecology". Archived from the original on 2013-01-04.
- Preston, Richard (2007), The Wild Trees: A Story Of Passion And Daring. Allen Lane Publishers.
- Christopher J. Earle. "Sequoia sempervirens (coast redwood)". The Gymnosperm Database. Retrieved 2014-11-01.
- KGW News, World's Tallest Pine, January 23, 2011 Archived September 12, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
- Gymnosperm Database
- Vaden, M. D. (2008). Grove of Titans & Atlas Grove. Website Documentary Page.
- Van Pelt, R. (2001). Forest Giants of the Pacific Coast. Global Forest. ISBN 0-295-98140-7.