Weekly Nature Question #2: What Species of Tree is This?

My Weekly Nature Question is about my asking for help from the blogosphere (and other internet users) to learn about species living in Angeles Forest and to share that learning with others.  I’m really hoping that this turns out to be a viable and meaningful way to share knowledge.

The answer to last week’s bird question turned out to be a White-breasted Nuthatch.  More information on this bird is now on it’s page in the Forest Life section of this blog and will be updated as new information is shared.

I’d like to extend thanks to:

Blogger gacochran of the blog Along The Way who first identified the species and blogger Westerner54 of the blog Off the Beaten Path: Hikes, Backpacks, and Travels for confirming the identification.

Although nobody sent me any further information, I did notice an excellent post from Sue of the blog Backyard Biology.  You can find a link to that post on the White-breasted Nuthatch page mentioned above or the reference page I created for her blog.

This Week’s Question:  What species of tree is this?

July 2011

July 2011

Photo taken near the summit of Mt. Baden-Powell

July 2011

July 2011

Photo taken near the summit of Mt. Baden-Powell

The sign in the photos indicates that the tree is dedicated to “Michael H. “Wally” Waldron for his untiring efforts for the Boy Scouts of America” and that the tree is “believed to be 1,500 years old.”  The sign doesn’t indicate the species, so I’m asking for your help.