Every year from March until National Arbor Day arborists, foresters, environmental advocates, and tree enthusiasts swarm forests around the country on the hunt for the biggest trees in America. Throughout these few months, tree hunters submit their nominations to the American Forests in hopes that their tree will be crowned the new champion.
The task of finding a champion tree is not an easy one. In order to be considered a champion, challenger trees are identified by points that are calculated from the girth, height and crown size of the tree. According to The Wall Street Journal, The National Big Tree Program has a growing concern that some of these enthusiasts may be gathering incorrect measurements. Because of errors, the American Forests are keeping a close eye on all of the trees that have been previously crowned champions.
The National Cadre, who has the final word on winning trees, is in constant contact with the American Forests to help resolve measurement issues. In fact, these highly trained measurers frequently use the LTI TruPulse® 360 laser rangefinder to verify measurements. As the unofficial equipment choice of the National Cadre, the TruPulse 360 has the ability to instantly measure slope distance, inclination and calculate horizontal and vertical distance. The TruPulse also has onboard solutions that will calculate a height or clearance value of any target and will display the measurements right in the scope. Combine the TruPulse 360 with Criterion® RD 1000 and tree hunters can measure the diameter of tree stems, verify heights and determine missing lines, all from a remote position.
Continue the search for a new champion tree and learn more about how LTI laser rangefinders can help foresters, like you, collect the most accurate measurements.
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