why so few hardwoods in the PNW?
mhagen at olympus.net
Thu Aug 6 11:42:53 EST 1998
The weather IS getting distinctly californian! I think it may be
radiating from the tourist horde which takes the woods over every
summer. As soon as they go home, it rains like #@$%* for another ten
Thomas Kellar wrote:
> I used to live in Washington when I was a kid. I know the
> eastern side is a practically a desert. I remember the
> tumble weeds that we used to chase around. However is not
> the western side, south of Puget Sound kind of wet? The
> Olympic rain forest is there. Or has it all dried up because
> of deforestation? That was a few years ago. (:))
> > 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.
> > Douglas Fir is a disaster opportunist. Give it direct sunlight and it
> > will form a forest in a couple decades. Give it shade and you have 90%
> > dead seedlings.
> > -- Larry
> Thomas Kellar w8twk Tkellar at fsp.com http://www.fsp.com
> How can I wear the harness of toil, and sweat at the daily round,
> While in my soul forever The drums of Pictdom sound? - REHoward
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