This Ancient Tree Has Seen the Bronze Age and Is Still Growing

At a majestic 247 feet tall, the “President,” a giant sequoia in Nevada’s Sequoia National Park, is one of the largest trees in the world. With four large limbs — which are themselves as big as trees — and more leaves than there are people in India, the President’s huge biomass makes it the most massive tree in the world. Watch a National Geographic team go to extreme measures to capture this beautiful living thing in its entirety in one photograph.

The sequoias are one of our national treasures and need to be protected. Sign this petition to take action.

Fun facts about the great sequoia tree: The bark of the sequoia tree can grow to 3 feet thick! Giant sequoias are the third longest-lived tree species, falling behind bristlecone pines and Alerce trees — both able to reach 5,000 years in age. They were once heavily logged in the 1800s but sequoia wood actually acts as poor lumbar. Most sequoia trees are now federally protected.

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