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Western larch

Golden Islands Of The Western Montana Forest

Oct 8, 2016
Golden islands of western larch in the Gold Creek area near Missoula.
Josh Burnham (CC-BY-2)

Sitting on the shores of Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park last fall, gazing up at the surrounding hillside, I was struck by a unique mosaic of golden splendor against the evergreen background. The largest of its species, the western larch, Larix occidentalis , is indeed a unique kind of tree.

Are You Mis-Using These Common Tree Terms?

Apr 4, 2016
Some write of “conifers and deciduous trees” as if they are somehow different. But, of course, when describing trees the words coniferous and deciduous may be distinctions without a difference.
Josh Burnham (CC-BY-2.0)

As I split and stacked my winter firewood this fall in preparation for the long nights to come, trees in the surrounding forest were also preparing for winter. While I watched their leaves turning yellow along the flank of the Bitterroot Mountains, I found myself considering the confusing terms people use to describe those trees. In particular, folks tend to mix up perfectly good words in ways that leave me more befuddled than enlightened.

Tree Bark

Jun 20, 2014
Jami Dwyer

6/22/14 & 6/23/14: This week on " Fieldnotes :" "Tree Bark," written by Peter Lesica, read by Anne Garde. "I was out in the woods with my friend Cooper doing forest inventories in the Swan Valley, where we had to identify each tree in our plots. That's not hard to do in Montana because there are only sixteen species of conifer in the whole state. You just look up at the needles. But Coop wasn't looking up to identify the trees; he just looked at the trunk. He knew the trees by looking at...