Many of us who live in British Columbia appreciate its natural beauty - scenic landscapes, beautiful parks, and diverse plants and animals. When we visit different parts of our province, we encounter a diversity of climates and land forms. This diversity results in a tremendous variety of forest and plant communities.
British Columbia has about 40 different species of native trees, but you won't find all of them everywhere you go. Some trees, like lodgepole pine, grow throughout the province, but others only grow in places where they are adapted to the particular climate. For example, western redcedar grows mostly on the coast and in the wetter palts of the Interior, where there is abundant rainfall and temperatures are mild. Englemann spruce grows at higher elevations, where winters are very cold and snowfall can be heavy.
The information in tllls book will help you to identify the native trees in your neighbourhood and understand why they grow where they do.
We hope that discovering the uniqueness of trees will be the first step to opening the door on the natural world, which also includes other plants, animals, insects and fungi - all part of the ecosystems of British Columbia. We hope the Tree Book will be just the beginning of your explorations.
Parish, R. , Thomson, S.. 1995. Tree book: learning to recognize trees of British Columbia. Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
Topic: FLNRORD Research Program
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