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Pacific Coast Tree Finder by Tom Watts
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Oct 28, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: biology, non-fiction, used-for-teaching, reference, not-for-really-reading, science
Recommended for: hikers, tree fanciers

I marked this as "read", but it's not really a book for "reading". This handy little book, about 3" x 5", helps you identify native trees (and some common invasives) of the Pacific coast. It does this dichotomous-key style, which is kind of like a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure approach to identification:

If the needles are arranged in a spiral pattern, go to this symbol below.
If the needles are across from each other in pairs, go to page 32.

It's not entirely comprehensive - for example, it will help you identify that a tree is a cypress, but not which of the many cypresses it is - but it is completely adequate for the casual tree-observer. It is also incredibly easy for children or adults to use, and will slip easily into the pocket of a backpack.

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