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Nature photographer discovers ancient ‘freak-of-nature’ tree hiding in plain sight: ‘I’ve never seen a tree as impressive as this one’

AFA's TJ Watt photographed one of the largest old-growth cedars ever documented off the coast of Vancouver Island and dubbed it a 'freak of nature'.

The Washington Post: ‘Freak of nature’ tree is the find of a lifetime for forest explorer

TJ Watt has spent half his life as a forest explorer, a self-described “tree hunter” in British Columbia. He wades deep into endangered forests to find pristine towering trees that are hundreds of years old and massively wide but have never been photographed or documented.

Massive red cedar resembling rock wall discovered in Ahousaht territory

Giving the illusion of a rock wall, a massive western red cedar tree in Ahousaht territory near Tofino in Clayoquot Sound has been named one of Canada’s most impressive trees by conservationists on Vancouver Island.

1,000 year old tree found on Flores Island to be protected

Nearly two decades into his hunt for B.C.’s biggest trees, it takes a lot to blow away Ancient Forest Alliance campaigner and National Geographic explorer TJ Watt. A tree on Flores Island has done just that.

BC big tree hunter documents grandest old-growth tree he’s ever seen

TJ Watt says Western red cedar near Tofino is a 46-metre-tall leviathan of a biodiverse ecosystem.

Existence of massive, ‘mind-blowing’ old-growth tree revealed in Clayoquot Sound

An enormous old-growth cedar tree has been identified in Vancouver Island’s Clayoquot Sound, possibly dating back over a millennium.