Western Larch (tamarack)
Western Larch research on the Little Pend Oreille Wildlife Refuge by Calvin
Scientific name: Larix Occidentalis
Info: Western larch is unique insted of maintaining their needles throught winter like most conifers do larches are deciduous conifers so they drop there needles in winter.
Growing areas: larch is considered “seral” meaning it is very intolerant to low light levels and is adapted to open disturbed sites. The larch is also considered the “Pioneer species” meaning it i the first to come up after disterbances like fire, landslide, flood or clearcut harvest.
Growth: Western larch is the fastest growing conifer species in the inland northwest.
Range: The western larch is found in Southeastern British columbia to central Idaho, western montana, and Northeastern Washington.
Human use: Larch wood is valued forits strength and rot resistance. Also western larch is the most sot after wood for wood cutters it had the highest BTU’s so in other words it burns hot and slow.
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