Drafting… (May 6, 2019)
The question was raised by C.D. on Social Media:
Just a thought, but couldn’t DNR use satellite imagery to check crown size for old growth pre-harvest? They always claim areas get overlooked, but this is a method I use to scout out potential mushroom foraging hotspots and it works.
I am pretty sure DNR can and does identify Big Trees, and clusters of Big Trees using satellite and likely Lidar imagery but they are not about to share it in detail with the public.
Here are a few examples of Google Earth Imagery of stands that I have investigated that have large old trees:
Loggers fall 800-year-old tree in one of the last old-growth forests in B.C.
TJ Watt, a photographer who uses satellite imagery and provincial mapping to identify surviving old-growth trees.