- Series: Peterson Field Guides
- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 2 edition (July 25, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0395904544
- ISBN-13: 978-0395904541
- Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 1 x 7.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Field Guide to Western Trees: Western United States and Canada (Peterson Field Guides) 2nd Edition
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An authoritative book that includes every tree that grows wild in western North America, including Alaska. Using the unique system of identification employed in the author's other tree books, the 387 trees of the region are divided into six major groups according to conspicuous characteristics. Within those categories, trees that look alike are brought together and compared in text and illustration, regardless of whether they are related or not.
The color plates, beautifully painted by Olivia Petrides, the author's daughter and Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, emphasize details that may not be present or clearly visible in a photograph. Differences between trees that resemble each other are also listed in distinctive comparison charts. With range maps, keys, descriptions, and illustrations, the user can identify trees at any season, even when without leaves. Technical terminology is converted into plain English. The values of trees and their use by wildlife, Native Americans, and campers also are discussed. -- From the Author
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As a backpacker, weight is an important factor to consider when deciding whether something is worth carrying or not. Carrying this book is like throwing an extra one pound lead weight in my pack. There is at least that much information in this book that is useless to me living in Washington State. As much as I would like to take this book for the info it does have, I just can't afford to pack that much extra useless weight, and then only to be frustrated to not find a particular tree I want to identify because there's no photo (it has happened). Again, if he would have stuck to western trees only, there would no doubt be more and better information and photos of all the trees that grow predominantly in the west in the same size book.
Peterson Field Guides seem to be primarily focused on the eastern half of the United States (I understand they're outstanding for that region) and it seems they haven't strayed too far from the eastern states with this book either.
When you get there, you get some written description of what animals might eat off the tree, what medicinal purpose might be used, and poor photos of bark if you're lucky, or a distant and dark photo of a tree. (granted, this was published back in the day before everyone had a digital camera with 18 Megapixel capability) The front with illustrations of leaves is a little helpful, but I somehow thought there would be PHOTOS OF TREES in the book, or at least drawings of trees.... I guess this is just a bit outdated for 2013.