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OSU releases tree book

OSU releases tree book

It’s been 60 years since Oregon State University Extension Service released the original field guide to the state’s trees.

Edward C. Jensen, an OSU forestry professor, is the writer and photographer of the newly released version of the updated book. It’s 152 pages of identification information, maps, and color photographs of the trees Oregonians ought to know about, aptly titled “Trees to Know in Oregon.”

Jensen said that as changes to the guide were made over the years, he checked in with educators to make sure the book still met their expectations. But the softcover book isn’t just for kids and students.

“It’s for anybody interested in native trees,” Jensen said in a release. “It’s simple to use, and it’s specific to the set of trees we have here in the Pacific Northwest.”

Jensen is reminded about the significance of the book’s impact across generational lines.

“People come up and say, ‘Gosh, I learned everything I know about trees from this book and I’m so glad to see that it continues,'” Jensen said. “That makes you feel good, like you’re a part of a long legacy.”

Need to start a little smaller? A companion book, “Shrubs to Know in the Pacific Northwest,” is in the works and will be available later in 2011.

For more information or to order the book, visit or call 800-561-6719.

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