2012 / 11 / 13

Giant Pine Discovered in Zaozersky Reserve

Sergei Korpusenko, a resident of Petrozavodsk, came to The Karelia Regional Nature Conservancy SPOK with the news that a giant pine tree is growing near the villages of Zimnik and Barany Bereg. SPOK staff members surveyed the area and found the tree described by Mr. Korpusenko.

The researchers from the nature conservancy have determined the height of the pine to be  26–28 metres and the diameter at the middle of the trunk to be approximately 105 centimetres. They have also determined its age to be no less than 230 years, making it one of the largest and oldest pine trees in the area around Petrozavodsk.

This unique tree is growing inside the Zaozersky Scenic Reserve, where in 2010 a research team from SPOK discovered the largest fir tree in Fennoscandia. The fir is already included in the Registry of Old-growth Trees in Russia and is being considered for the status of a Living Natural Monument. Conservationists believe that both the largest fir in Fennoscandia and the ancient pine can become popular tourist attractions in the region around the Karelian capital.

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