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Forest giants of the Pacific Coast
Van Pelt, Robert.
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Publication Information:
Vancouver ; San Francisco : Global Forest Society in association with University of Washington Press, Seattle, [2001]

Physical Description:
xxiv, 200 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 28 cm

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SD397.C7 V36 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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The forests of the Pacific Coast are the tallest and densest on earth. Even after a century of intensive exploitation, their trees remain unmatched in overall size, height, and age. Forest Giants of the Pacific Coast is a guide to the 20 largest species of conifers in North America--from the southern Sierras to Vancouver Island, and from the coast to northwestern Montana.

Overviews of 20 species feature- Color maps showing distribution of species and locations of individual giant trees- Comparative drawings and measurements of giants- Color photographs of typical trees and cones- Discussion of species and comparison of giants

Individual profiles of 117 giant trees feature- Line drawings- Color photographs- Measurements- Description of history, preservation, characteristics, present condition, and location

Giant trees are those with the greatest wood volume. From the Ponderosa Pine "Bear Creek Twin" to the Coast Douglas Fir "Ol' Jed," from Giant Sequoias to Western Redcedars, the trees are depicted as individuals. All are unique specimens that represent the extremes to which their species can grow. To seek out the ruling giants and their neighboring contenders, Robert Van Pelt has traveled the length and breadth of the Pacific Coast and its forests, equipped with a camera, a sketchpad, and a survey laser, amassing a database of over 5,000 individual trees.

Forest Giants of the Pacific Coast will be of interest to hikers and naturalists as well as to arborists, foresters, and arm-chair explorers.

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Forest Giants is a beautifully illustrated guide to some of western North America's most noble creatures: its giant trees. The largest specimens of some 20 tree species are featured in photos of wonderful drawings. These featured species are highlighted with color maps that show distribution and locations of individual large trees; comparative drawings and measurements; color photographs of typical trees and their cones; and discussion of species and comparison of large specimens. Van Pelt (Univ. of Washington; Evergreen State College) does a great job of explaining the intricacies of how these giants are measured for height, diameter, crown spread, and volume. Individual profiles are provided for 117 of these giant trees, including their known history, characteristics, present condition, and location. The detailed color range maps developed for the book are very appealing. All in all, this is a fantastic book by a true "big tree enthusiast." All levels. D. F. Karnosky Michigan Technological University

Table of Contents

The Trees
Giant Sequoia
Coast Redwood
Western Red Cedar
Douglas fir
Sitka Spruce
Sugar Pine
Incense Cedar
Yellow Cedar
Noble Fir
Port Orford Cedar
Jeffrey Pine
Ponderosa Pine
Western Hemlock
California Red Fir
California White Fir
Western White Pine
Western Larch
Grand Fir
Pacific Silver Fir
Engelmann Spruce
Appendix 1 Tree Summaries--English Measures
Appendix 2 Tree Summaries--Metric Measures
Appendix 3 Predicting Volume from Diameter
Appendix 4 How to Nominate a Tree
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