If A Giant Sequoia Falls in the Forest … Who Removes the Stump?


Before After

We have drive-thru fast-food outlets, drive-thru banks, drive-thru wedding chapels in Las Vegas, but no longer do we have the drive-thru giant sequoia. The 2000 year-old Pioneer Cabin Tree in California’s Calaveras Big Trees State Park came tumbling down during a massive storm over the weekend.

This majestic monster was much-loved by thousands of people who would return to see it over the years and decades. In the 1880s someone had the brilliant idea to carve out a tunnel in the huge tree to allow visitors to pass through it. Until several decades ago you could even drive a car through it. Now it appears that carving was responsible for weakening the tree and causing it to come down. 

I don’t want to go out on a limb here, but one thing we will never know is if it made a sound; if a giant, altered sequoia falls in the forest and there is no one there because of the bad storm, did it make a sound? That’s always stumped me.


I have learned that my last name, Stubbs, comes either from our short stocky build, or from ‘Stumps’. I’m going with the latter; evidently my forebears made their living by removing stumps left when trees were felled. I suspect this would have been the mother-lode  for my relatives. The base of the tree had a diameter of almost 75 feet. Today the going rate for stump grinding is $3 per inch of diameter. So 75 feet is 900 inches bringing the cost to $2700. Not exactly a fortune, but a chance to make history.

DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

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