The National Geographic tree was one of the most famous trees in Stanley Park. Unfortunately, it toppled in October 2007. Most reports have it falling during a wind storm but there were no reports of strong winds when it fell. It was a large western red cedar that was about 1000 years old, the largest tree in Stanley Park, and one of the largest trees in the world. The tree got its name because it was featured in the National Geographic magazine in 1978. You can still see the huge root ball of the tree and a portion of the length of the tree. The tree has been left to rot and return to nature.
There has been a lot of discussion that the tree was damaged in 1992 by having all its branches cut off. Supposedly, the parks board had wanted it trimmed, but the tree trimmer went too far in the trimming. At this time, the tree was not identified for protection. There was some good that came of this incident. Because of the loss of this tree more effort was made to save the famous hollow tree!
The remains of the National Geographic tree is located a short distance down the Third Beach Trail which is almost across the road from the even more famous Hollow Tree. This is on the west side of Stanley Park between the Tea House Restaurant and Prospect Point.
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