Pondering the death of the famous Trout Lake big tree; still standing mind you, giant of its kind and now home and food source for countless forms of life. Nothing lasts forever on the material plane, everything is always changing. New trees are born, grow and give their gifts to the world. The old pass away having imparted their wisdom; going henceforth to the afterlife for their full rewards. I wonder what the afterlife is like for trees. All of this physical creation is spirit based just as we humans are. Of this I am certain. Were plants and animals given free agency as well as mankind? Is that the source of evolution?
There are those who say they believe in the creation theory which denies the evolution theory. I say the two work hand-in-hand, all was created using the process of evolution. Science is important and valuable in our evolution but it is not the full answer. Religion is important but does not have the full answer. Looking at those together I believe many mysteries can be solved or at least better understood. Humans are only part of this equation we call Earth, and the more we learn it seems the more we don't know for sure.
Wikipedia provides some details regarding this old growth pine:
The Big Tree (also known as the Trout Lake Big Tree) was a massive Ponderosa pine tree in old growth pine and fir forest in southern Washington state, at the southern base of Mount Adams. It is managed by the Mount Adams Ranger District of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The tree is 202 feet (62 m) tall with a diameter of 7 feet (210 cm),and was one of the largest known ponderosa pine trees in the world. It had been stressed by attacks from mountain pine beetles, and its death in 2015 was confirmed the following year.
(link to above article: Wikipedia: Big Tree (Washington) )
An article in The Columbian in November 2016 had some good info about the old tree also, written By Dameon Pesanti, Columbian staff writer
Published: November 25, 2016, 6:00 AM
"A mammoth conifer, the Big Tree contained about 22,000 board feet of lumber — enough wood to frame almost one and a half 2,400-square-foot homes.