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Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast Paperback – December 6, 2004
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About the Author
ANDY MACKINNON is a respected biologist who serves as a technical advisor on old growth forest research to the B.C. Ministry of Forests. MacKinnon, also a registered professional forester, is adjunct professor at the School of Resource and Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University. He is the author of six Lone Pine books on the plants of Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest.
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Another reviewer complained that the book does not list common names in the index. This is just plain wrong. You can look up plants in the index by common name or scientific name, or you can browse through the photos until you get a match. You can also use the keys, which is the best way to learn about the relationship of one species to another, but I'm usually too lazy to work through the process. The way the plants are grouped, it's easy to narrow it down and find your plant.
My one complaint about the book is that it is sometimes difficult to pin down whether or not a particular plant is actually a native. This is usually implied, especially when they tell how indigenous peoples used the plants in everday life, but I wish the plants were clearly marked Native and Non-Native.
Even though this book is a chunk (I'm guessing about two pounds) I still can't help but take it with me on my excursions even when weight is a major factor. That's how well done this book is; the photos and information on every plant are unsurpassed. So, if you live, camp or hike on the Coast of the Pacific Northwest and want to know more about the plants around you I don't see not owning this book. I live on the east side of the State and I don't see not owning this book. I think it's a five star book for the novice (which I am) as well as the experienced forager (which I'm becoming, and I've heard experienced foragers praise this book. One held this book up and said "this is one of the best books you could own" and I thought, hey, I have that book). Call me crazy, but this book stays in my pack.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the best books around for quick reference for lots of plants with good ID pictures of the area. easy to follow sorting to make your plant in hand easier to find. Read morePublished 24 days ago by debs
The book was delivered as promised. Yes, the book is informative.Published 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great reference book. I wish there was an index with the common names.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This has been very useful for us in identifying a number of local flowers. Being a book, there is no easy way to search through it and it takes a lot of page flipping to locate the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by saxenaas
Love this book! So helpful for proper plant identification for medicinal herbs!Published 3 months ago by Joscelyn Stevens
We used this ALL THE TIME in the park service. Love love love. Many people I know consider it the Bible of PNW Plant ID boosk. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Olive Z.