Grand Fir ID?
dstaples at livingston.net
Wed Jun 10 11:04:27 EST 1998
> Whoa! All of the advice was good as far as identifying the needles and cones,
> but there was no mention of the bark. Marking timber in Northern Idaho, where
> some of the trees are 120-150 tall, you'll need to be intimate with the bark
> characteristics. Grand fir (GF) bark is more platey and a more uniform gray
> color. Douglas fir(DF) has cork-like bark with deeper fissures that may have
> an orangish color to them. GF bark is pretty hard (tough to push a D-tape nail
> into). When all else fails, whip out a pocket knife and slice some of the bark
> off. DF sort of looks like bacon with its alternating brown/orangish colors.
> GF has a very dark purple hue to it. I concentrate at identifying trees by
> their bark characteristics because that's mostly what I see. Needles are way
> up there.
> Bye for now. My wife is telling me to quit "geekin' on trees" to strangers.
> Can't help it.
Strangers? Aint nobody here but us foresters, environmentalists, agro
foresters, company folks, consultants, state hacks (sorry Steve 8-}),
and a few federales. and an occaisional sour puss.
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