In 1950, the Oregon State University Extension Service published a small field guide to the state’s trees. Sixty years later, “Trees to Know in Oregon” remains one of OSU’s most-requested publications, and a new edition is available.
Edward C. Jensen, an OSU forestry professor, is the primary writer and photographer of the new version, which includes 152 pages of identification, information, maps and color photographs.
The first edition was written by former OSU Extension forester Charles R. Ross and dedicated to “the boys and girls of Oregon.” The book has been periodically updated, most recently in 2005.
The new version, released late last year, includes more than 70 color photographs of trees. It also has an updated list of noteworthy trees in Oregon that are listed in the American Forestry Association’s National Register of Big Trees, including a 242-foot-tall Port Orford cedar in Coos County, a 136-foot quaking aspen in Union County, and a 112-foot black walnut in Multnomah County.
The book also contains information about the different types of Oregon forests, identification keys and a section on common ornamental trees.
Jensen said that as changes to the guide have been made over the years, he checked in with educators to make sure the book still met their expectations. But the soft-cover book isn’t just for kids and students.
“It’s for anybody interested in native trees,” Jensen said. “It’s simple to use, and it’s specific to the set of trees we have here in the Pacific Northwest.”
“Trees to Know in Oregon” costs $18, plus shipping and handling, and can be ordered online at http://extension.oregonstate.edu/catalog/abstract.php?seriesnoEC+1450 or by calling 800-561-6719.