Forestry Friday … Getting High With Mountain Hemlock

FAERIES IN MOUNTAIN HEMLOCK TREES? I DON’T DOUBT IT. DO THE SQUIRRELS, OR BLITZ THE DOG?

THE FORESTER ARTIST

If you want to find mountain hemlock you have to get high, or should I say, go high.  The mountain hemlock is a high elevation tree of the Sierra and Cascades mountains.  You can find mountain hemlock growing at elevations from 6,000 feet to 11,000 feet in the Sierras of California.

Mountain hemlock grows in a wide band along the Pacific coast.  Its range extends from the Sierra mountains of California in the South to Southern Alaska in the North.  In Alaska it grows in extensive stands down to sea level.   This is common with most trees that have a wide north to south range.  The farther north you go, the lower elevation you grow.

It is not commonly harvested in California, because it is not common in California’s managed timberlands.   As a result, I don’t run into it very often in my job.

Tsuga mertensiana is the scientific name…

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Mr. Caswell has been composing poetry at least since High School. He has been on WORD PRESS for ten years and contributes to two other blogs beside this one. This blog has a Christian emphasis but all bloggers are welcome. Mr. Caswell chooses to---with permission--re[post material of interest

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