Western Washington woodlands can be enchanting. Fortunately these magical places are abundant, covering half the state's soil. The author examines regional indigenous trees from a forestry specialist's unique perspective. He explains basic tree physiology and a key part of their ecology--forest stand dynamics. Grouping distinctive varieties into sections, he describes common lowland conifers and broadleaved trees, high-elevation species found in the Olympic Mountains and western side of the Cascades, and finally, trees with a limited natural range and small, isolated populations. Numerous full-color photographs illustrate key traits.
Zobrist also includes notable features, where to find particular species, and brief lists of some common human uses, citing Native American medicines, food, and materials, as well as commercial utilization from the time of European settlement to the present day. The result is a delightful and enlightening exploration of western Washington timberlands.