John Muir


[Charles Sprague] Sargent


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2tree notes that will be sure to interest you. At a landing we made on the N. end of Vancouver told we found Douglas Spruce in all its glory & of course the big Thuya, Western Hemlock, & Mountain Hemlock also A. Amabilis. At Low Inlet on Princess Royal told the Douglas was not to be found. but A. Amabilis was abundant & of course Sitka Spruce Western Hemlock & at the top of timberline Paton Hemlock. Or Mertensiana as you now call it. & red Cedar (Thuya) & Alaska Cedar etc. All the way along the coast to the limit of tree growth on the middle of Kodiak Isld & the mainland opposite on the Alaska Peninsula the forest is unbroken, consisting mostly of the indamitable P. Sitchensis & Western Hemlock, but the hemlock vanishes on the Alaska Penn. near the mouth of Cook Inlet leaving the Sika Spruce to do all the forest work to the westward. I was much interested in watching the west limit of the forest. Not a tree is seen to the west of the middle of Kodiak Isld, tho a small grove of Sitka Spruce planted on Onalaska 100 yrs ago is flourishing I found the largest of the grove 2 ft, 1 inch diameter & 30 ft high (kept low by wind) & covered with brilliant red & purple staminate & pistillate flowers. A glorious show. proclaiming


Martinez [Calif .]

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1880 Mar 16


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