Oregon’s state tree: The majestic Douglas Fir

Oregon’s state tree: The majestic Douglas Fir

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Oregon is known for the natural beauty of its forests, especially in the western half of the state where most Oregonians live. Forests are everywhere, from the 1.1-million-acre Mt. Hood National Forest to the sparser but still scenic foliage of the high desert.

It’s fitting then, that Oregon should have a state tree, and even more fitting that that tree should be the Douglas fir. Its multiple subspecies, when combined, may make it the most common type of tree in our state. Indigenous populations that have been in the area since before this place was called Oregon and have used the components of Douglas firs for a variety of purposes. Today, people even grow this tree on farms so its wood can be used for products such as wood beams. And as an evergreen tree, it’s not just a prime example of, but also a great contributor to, Oregon’s year-round greenness.

In the 1930s, the Oregon legislature recognized the significance of the Douglas fir to Oregon’s history and ecology by naming it the state tree. And now, almost a century later, the tree continues to live up to its title by giving Oregon its characteristic greenness and remarkable forests.

 

Anna Janowski is a teen (grade 12) volunteer at the Beaverton City Library. Outside of school, she likes to read, write, play softball and the trumpet.