One thing I love about living in the Pacific Northwest is our abundance of trees. I think I always took them for granted until I traveled to where there were very few. Now I realize how fortunate I am to be surrounded by all this green.
I grabbed a canvas board from my stack of previously used and ready to be recycled canvases and decided to look more closely to these wonderful fir trees. Below a small study of the tippy top (not a technical term) of a local fir tree.
|Fir Study, 8" x 6" oil on canvas panel, © Nancy Van Blaricom|
- With Washington's temperate climate, abundant precipitation, and fertile soils, Washington has some of the most productive forests in the world.
- Douglas fir is the worlds best timber producers and yields more timber than any other tree in North America.
- Forestry is a long term business, taking as much as 40 to 60 years to complete a harves and replanting, or forest management cycle.
- Douglas fir is the most important lumber tree in the U.S., also used for plywood, Christmas trees, paper and paper products.