ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, DEC. 10-11 - This Feb. 8, 2007 photo, shows Big Tree near Trout Lake, Wash., which was one of the largest living ponderosa pines in the world. A giant among giants and a ... more 
ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, DEC. 10-11 - This Feb. 8, 2007 photo, shows Big Tree near Trout Lake, Wash., which was one of the largest living ponderosa pines in the world. A giant among giants and a beacon for countless tourists driving through the Columbia River Gorge, Big Tree is now dead, although officials say it will continue to play an important role in the forest's ecosystem. (The Columbian via AP) less 
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