Sierra Club to Host Presentation by Dr. Gil Thibault on The World’s Oldest Living Trees

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Bristlecone Pines - Photo from Wikipedia

Bristlecone Pines – Photo from Wikipedia

Barely over 200 miles from Los Angeles, in California’s White Mountains grow the two oldest known trees in the world. There’s Methuselah, at 4,845-years of age, the junior of the two. The other, unnamed as of yet, is 5,062.

They are part of the state’s Bristlecone Pine Forest; a collection of gnarled, wind-sculpted trees that are the oldest trees in the world. They inhabit some of the least hospitable terrain in all the Sierras, where they range as high as 11,000 feet.

Few know the area and the forest better than Dr. Gil Thibault, a sociologist and anthropologist, who has made the Bristlecone Pine a hobby since discovering the forest in the summer of 1996. An avid hiker, backpacker, photographer and traveler, Thibault chronicled his admiration for these hardy trees in I Am the World’s Oldest-Known Living Tree, available on Amazon.

On November 6, 2013 Thibault shares his knowledge of the Bristlecone Pines in a Sierra Club presentation that includes his award-winning photography.

The meeting is free and open to the public. It begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Environmental Services Bureau, 2929 E Willow St, Long Beach.

The Long Beach Group is part of the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club. The group has more than 2,500 members and serves Cerritos, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Signal Hill and Seal Beach.

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