McKenzie River Reflections

Oregon tree names keep people guessing

By Judy Scott

Douglas fir coneDouglas-fir cones have pitchfork-shaped bracts that are longer than the scales.

Many people are aware that despite its name, Douglas-fir is not a true fir. It's also not a pine, not a spruce and not a hemlock. Outside of the United States, it is often called Oregon pine, also a misnomer.
What is a Douglas-fir, then?
It's a unique species, in a class by itself, according to the newly revised Oregon State University publication, "Understanding Names of Oregon Trees," (EC 1502).

 

Jan. 28: 7:55 AM: Assault – 50000 block, McK. Hwy. During call male could be heard hitting female & victim screaming for him to get off her. 08:04 Female is on the line advising that she was in a verbal dispute with her boyfriend – no assault. He just threw her purse. 08:47: Info relayed - OSP dispatching. 09:44: No one is at location.

** 2/8/13 ** Dates changed again by Lane County Public Works

Bridge closures moved to Feb. 25, 26 & 27

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