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Northwest Trees: Identifying and Understanding the Region's Native Trees Paperback – February 4, 2011
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"This is a guide book for curious outdoor people, lay-naturalists, who see the trees then the forest, and appreciate knowing what they are looking at. Written in a non-technical, user friendly language…this is an indispensable Northwest guide for outdoor folks who believe that depth and understanding are better than shallow weekend incursions." (The Reel News)
"Northwest Trees is just the right size to fill a hiker's holiday stocking. This 30th anniversary addition of a Northwest classic can be enjoyed any time of the year, so treat someone else or even give yourself a copy to take on the next hike…[and] Hammerly's detailed black-and-white drawings of needles, cones, leaves, twigs, and fruits make tree identification not only easier but a pleasure." (Karen Sykes Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
"Ramona Hammerly's illustrations are worth the price of admission to Trees, although Stephen Arno's text, updated for the 30th anniversary edition of this classic, is just as important. Far more than an identification book, Trees provides a sense of place and the character of specific trees as well as the scientific facts." (Olympian)
"It's a keeper… Northwest Trees has taught me a new respect for [the lodgepole pine]. To love a tree, know a tree… Reading the book is almost like slipping into the forest-you wouldn't race through an old-growth forest, nor should you race through this book. When hiking, take [this] book with you… [and] take time to enjoy the illustrations-you can almost feel the sharp, prickly needles of an Engelmann spruce or run your fingers through the beaded curtains of lichen adorning a bigleaf maple." (Karen Sykes Washington Trails Association)
"This book offers a wonderful way to get to know our forests better…this beautifully published 30-anniversary edition celebrates its value as a regional classic that deserves a brand new audience… Northwest Trees reflects an updated understanding of our forests and is a welcome addition to any natural history book shelf." (Ann Vileisis Kalmiopsis Audubon Society Newsletter)
"Part of the pleasure of reading Northwest Trees stems from its curious tidbits…Reading Northwest Trees provides an opportunity for readers to branch out and learn more about familiar and foreign trees." (Lee Juillerat Klamath Fall Herald and News)
"I definitely rate this book as a best buy-the art is outstanding and the history of the trees and commercial logging are well covered. Reading it should fill you with wonder for our native trees, and inspire you to go out and explore what's still out there." (, publication of the Native Plant Society of publication of the Native Plant Socie Kalmiopsis)
"This is the 30th anniversary edition of a Northwest classic. Published by our local Mountaineers Books, with intricate line drawings rather than photographs, Northwest Trees pays tribute to the ancient giants and scrappy survivors that we walk beneath and rush past. Each featured tree has a story about it's history and use, which will make tree huggers hold on more tightly and garden-variety gardeners grow new respect for our native trees. But the most important reason to give or own this book is because of the way it will convince any reader that our beautiful local trees are one of our most valuable assets. Both evergreens and deciduous trees are covered, with lessons on how to distinguish a noble fir from a grand fir or a quaking aspen from a Sitka alder. If you hike, bike, garden, walk or drive in the Pacific Northwest this book will open your eyes to the beauty growing around you and rooted deep in our heritage." (Marianne Binetti Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
"All nature and tree lovers can take delight in this update of Steve Arno's classic volume on Northwest trees. Arno has added much interesting and useful information on northwestern trees, gleaned from the massive body of scientific study that has gone on since initial publication of this volume. The tree identification keys that Arno has provided are invaluable as is his inclusion of the more widespread introduced tree species. An essential and great companion for the amateur treefans and a valuable source of information for the professional!" (Dr. Dr. Jerry F. Franklin College of Forest Resources, Univ. of WA)
"Fascinating guide… The book is well illustrated." (Book News Inc)
"The Northwest of the USA and adjacent Canada is home to one of the most diverse and spectacular assortment of trees in the world. This thoroughly revised and expanded book contains a wealth of clearly presented scientific and cultural information. It will appeal to experienced naturalists as well as those with a more general interest and will be a valuable guide for those who live in or visit the Greater Northwest. Take it outdoors with you or read it at home. You will find much to interest you." (Dr. Peter L. Achuff, PhD, National Botanist Parks Canada)
"Few writers of natural history have captured the trees and forest environments of western North America as well as Stephen Arno... Northwest Trees goes beyond what most tree-related books offer... This new book should replace the worn copy of Northwest Trees that now sits on your shelf. Any lover of the natural world we have here in northwestern North America will find Northwest Trees an important addition to their library." (Dr. Dr. Robert Van Pelt, author of "Forest Giants of the Pacific Coast," Univ. of WA Press)
"Masterpiece" (The Stranger, Seattle WA)
"Stephen Arno's 1977 classic is a book of true beauty [and] the new 30th anniversary edition should be even more exquisite… This book is so rich in detailed, gorgeous illustrations that is should appeal to all book lovers, no mater what their degree of tree-huggability." (Portland Mercury)
"A beautiful and meticulously illustrated book… This sounds like a typical botany guide, but Northwest Trees goes a step further and explains the whysInside Bozeman (MT) Magazine)
About the Author
STEPHEN ARNO grew up on the shores of Puget Sound and later worked summers as a ranger and naturalist in the Olympic and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. In 1970 he began a career as a forest ecologist with the USDA Forest Service. His recent books are Flames in Our Forest; Disaster or Renewal and Restoring Fire-Prone Forest in the West.
RAMONA HAMMERLY is a native of Puget Sound. She illustrated Northwest Trees (1977) and Timberline (1984), and has worked primarily in watercolor, pen and ink, etching, and oils. She shows her art in various galleries throughout the Northwest.