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Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast: Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, and Alaska Paperback – December, 1994

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About the Author

DR. JIM POJAR is executive director of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - Yukon chapter. He spent 25 years as an internationally respected forest ecology research scientist with the B.C. Forest Service. He is the author of numerous books and scientific papers related to the boreal forest, aspen parklands and coastal ecosystems. 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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Lone Pine Publishing (December 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551050404
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551050409
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Rebecca Brown on May 21, 2000
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This is one book that travels with us wherever we drive; it is filled with bookmarks & scribbled observations whenever we've seen something new to add to Messrs. Pojar & MacKinnon's awesome efforts. Naturally they alone did not compile this book & it is an impressive & accurate effort of a large collection of dedicated people.An easy-to-use field guide featuring close to 800 species of flora commonly found from Oregon to Alaska, including trees, shrubs, wildflowers, aquatics, grasses, ferns, mosses & lichens. From shoreline to alpine, including the Olympics & the western Cascades. The perfect gift for anyone who wanders the land!..............
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I have about thirty field guides on geology, fungi, plants, and wildlife generally focusing on the Northwest. I consider this to be best field guide of all - the standard by which other field guides should be measured. It is fairly comprehensive. It is concise and user-friendly. The color photographs are generally guide good. It even has occasional bits of interesting trivia to help you get familiar with the plant in question. I have heard from a biology student that there were a couple minor inaccuracies in the taxonomic classification, but unless you are a professional whose career depends on total precision, this book is your best bet. Buy it and get out and get to know your land a little better. Have fun but stay on the trails!
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I have almost 100 different plant identification guides alone; some quite specialized (such as the ones I have on lichens, mycology, or marine algae), and others more general, and this is probably the best general guide organized by region that I have. I like it even better than the Audubon Society Pacific Coast guide, or their Forests, Western Region, Guide, which are also useful books, but as they cover both animals and plants, of course the coverage can't be as complete on the plants as this book is.
The nature photography in these books just gets better over the years, and this book is no exception. The photos are truly excellent, and the identification notes in books like these have also improved substantially over the years. This book is no exception. I was formally trained in botany and plant taxonomy for a while, almost completing a master's degree in the subject once, and I feel I know a good plant guide when I see it, and this is a fine book.
Unless you want to get into truly professional-level plant taxonomies, which would usually require separate books on trees, flowers, lichens, etc., not to mention the greater technical knowlege required, I think this is the best overall identification guide around. It can't cover everything, of course, but it covers the most important and most common species. Overall, this is a quality guide and a great book to take with you on trips, hikes, outings, or whatever.
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I like this book very much. The pictures are fabulous and it's the best one so far that I've found with the details that help immensely in identification of flora in many parts of our Oregon coast. Luckily we travel all over the areas covered, BUT I bought the book specifically for the S. Oregon coast which I found the authors excluded due to local conditions that made these areas unique in their climate and growing cycles. Could you have AT LEAST put the word 'most' of Oregon, or specify that in included only the North and Central coast of Oregon in the title of the book? I'm very disappointed that my specific area wasn't covered and it took buying the book to find that out. I didn't even see it in the reviews I read. My first clue was the map in the front pages of the book that I read right after I received the book in the mail. I think you should consider changing the title to reflect the ACTUAL areas of Oregon covered so nobody else has to be disappointed that it doesn't include the southern region of the coast of Oregon.
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Names native tribes of the Northwest and describes how they used each plant, and presents most entries with either color photographs or drawings, covering everything from large trees down to grasses, sedges, lichens and mosses. The habitat and geographic subregion of each species is given.
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By A Customer on April 16, 2000
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I wanted a guide to help me identify all the flora on my property after moving here from the Midwest. But I have found it to be a great thing to have along while hiking, too. The historical and cultural tidbits are a very nice touch.
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While on an outing in the northern Cascades of Washington, I stopped into a ranger station to get my trail pass. I noticed this book and began looking through it and found that it was EXACTLY what I have been looking for. Until then, I have not been able to find a book with this much information that didn't include plants in regions other than the ones I was interested in. This is an excellent resource and a well planned book, I was able to put it to use immediately after purchasing it. It contains full color photos and a helpful sketches, as well as information about the historical use of the plant and how it got its name.
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By A Customer on January 8, 1999
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This is the most complete guide to our flora that is also understandable to laymen. Instead of organizing the plants by flower color, which may not be clear year-round, it organizes them by family. This not only allows you to identify the plant year-round, but also gives you taxenomical information about it. This book also has good descriptions and other interesting non-identifying information about each plant. (ie, cultural, historical) Almost every plant has a color photograph and/or line drawing.
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