20140219_122949Meet the oldest member of our community. This Pacific Yew (taxus brevifolia) is judged to be over 1000 years old! Yews have very dense growth rings and one with this wide of a trunk is exceedingly rare. Yews were the preferred species for making longbows and were nearly wiped out in Europe. In the Pacific Northwest, the yew was considered less valuable until its bark became the source of the anticancer drug Taxol (now made synthetically).