why so few hardwoods in the PNW?

Joseph Zorzin redoak at forestmeister.com
Thu Aug 6 05:05:31 EST 1998


Larry Caldwell wrote:
> 
> In article <35B52F95.C15B2DCC at forestmeister.com>,
> redoak at forestmeister.com says...
> 
> > So why are conifers dominate in the PNW, a mild wet climate?
> 
> You been listening to the press releases again, Zorzin.  The PNW is wet
> in the winter.  In the summer we often go 90 days with no rain at all,
> and the whole region turns into a tinderbox.  We have a fire climax
> ecology, where everything in sight burns to the ground every 50 years or
> so.

So, your oldgrowth forests are on average about 50 years old? <G>

Wow, they sure must grow fast with all that rain to get so big in 50
years.



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