The Douglas Fir Tree

 

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There is a vast array of wildlife in the Kings Range National Conservation Area, some species being much more abundant than others. Though there are many types of trees in the Kings Range National Conservation Range, the most abundant seems to be the douglas fir tree. They are spread all along the peaks of the mountains that are pread all across the Californian conservation area (“Kings Range National Conservation Area.” Beurau of Land Management, n.d.). There are many distinguishing characteristics of the douglas fir tree. The douglas fir is a medium to very large sized tree, ranging from twenty meters tall to almost 200 meters tall. This characteristic makes this tree the largest tree species to grow on the west coast of North America. (“History and Information on the Douglas Fir Tree.” Douglasfir.ca. Forester Blog. n.d.). Douglas firs have a variety of traits that make it stand out from other trees around it. The leaves on the tree are prickly and have a green color and changes with the seasons. On occasion, the tree also holds pinecones that have a brown color and fresh scent (“5 Interesting Facts about the Douglas Fir.” Forestry.answers.com. Answers Staff, n.d.). The douglas fir, also known by the scientific name of pseudotsuga menziesii, has many uses to us people. The bark of the tree is able to be made into a tea that can help with colds and stomach pains. Some ancient people used the pitch of the tree as a gum for making containers watertight. Also, others were using the roots of the douglas fir to weave basketry (“DOUGLAS FIR.” Plants.usda.gov. USDA NRCS National Plant Data Center. n.d.). the seeds of a douglas fir tree are located inside of the pinecone and serve as a food source for some of the wildlife in the area of the tree. The Kings Range National Conservation Area is dilled with the douglas fir, and the tree gives many benefits to the ecosystem around it and people have found many uses for the large tree.
Citations:
“DOUGLAS FIR.” Plants.usda.gov. USDA NRCS National Plant Data Center. Web. <http://plants.usda.gov/plantguide/pdf/cs_psme.pdf&gt;.

“King Range National Conservation Area.” http://Www.blm.gov. Beurau of Land Management. <http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/content/ca/en/prog/nlcs/King_Range_NCA.html&gt;.

“History and Information on the Douglas Fir Tree.” Douglasfir.ca. Web. <http://douglasfir.homestead.com/&gt;.

“5 Interesting Facts about the Douglas Fir.” Forestry.answers.com. Web. <http://forestry.answers.com/tree-identification/5-interesting-facts-about-the-douglas-fir-tree&gt;.

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