Trees to Know in Oregon, by Edward C. Jensen (Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University Extension Service, 2010), 152 pp.
Do you want to get to know the different species of trees in Oregon? The Extension Service at Oregon State University has a wonderful guide, simply titled Trees to Know in Oregon. This book was originally published in 1950 and was updated in 2010 and went through several editions between. Trees to Know in Oregon, by its latest author Edward C. Jensen, has been a long-trusted guide in the state, and I am happy to have a copy to add to my regional natural history shelf.
The first section of the book is all about how to identify trees, and I will find this very useful. As with most natural history – wildflowers, insects, mushrooms, etc. – I only know a few standard species, but enjoy taking photographs and identifying later. But this book is not a weighty one, and would easily slip into a backpack. The bulk of the book is, of course, the identification of individual species, and is split into three parts: Native Conifers, Native Broadleaved Trees, and Common Horticultural Trees. Full-color photographs show the various parts of the trees, and much more than descriptive information is given for each tree. The author includes historical and cultural information, as well. The final chapter is an overview of forests in Oregon, describing 11 types, as well as what forests in Oregon were like in the past (this touches on geologic and paleobotanical history).
I now have three things to tell you about Trees to Know in Oregon:
1. To celebrate Arbor Day (April 26), the OSU-Extension Service is currently having a sale on Trees to Know in Oregon through April 26, from $18 down to just $12 (click on the image to order):
2. The author, Ed Jensen, will be signing copies of Trees to Know in Oregon at the World Foresty Center on April 24, from noon to 1pm. Following that, he will give a tree walk at the nearby Hoyt Arboretum starting at 1:30pm from the visitor center.
3. The OSU-Extension Service kindly sent me two copies of Trees to Know in Oregon to do a giveaway on my blog:
To enter for a chance to win a copy of Trees to Know in Oregon, please comment on this post telling me what your favorite tree is or a cool fact about an Oregon tree. From the entries I will randomly pick a winner. The contest will be open until Wednesday, April 17, midnight PST. If you would like to enter without commenting, you can send me an email at darwinsbulldog AT gmail DOT com. Good luck!