they may have discovered an even older tree, though its age has yet to be officially verified.)

improve the accuracy of radiocarbon dating and to create records of the Earth’s climate going back 11,000 years, essential for understanding the impacts of global warming.

Mary Matlick, another forest ranger, wearing a baseball cap over her white ponytail, pointed to a steep slope near the visitor center on which was perched a 2,800-year-old bristlecone, with smooth, spire-like branches shooting out of its green top.

The tree let some of its limbs die to conserve energy, another one of the species’ survival strategies. It can continue to live and reproduce with just one strip of bark and one branch of needles, she explained. And because of the dry weather, the dead branches don’t rot but instead can stay attached for thousands more years, giving the trees their classic ghostly appearance.

“When people ask ‘Is it alive or dead?,’ sometimes I say ‘yes.’” Ms. Matlick said.

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