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Pinaceae -- Pine family

    E. C. Packee

    Western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla), also called Pacific  hemlock and west coast hemlock, thrives in humid areas of the Pacific  coast and northern Rocky Mountains. Its potential for management as an  efficient producer of fiber has long been recognized. It is an important  browse species for deer and elk. Western hemlock provides an important  part of the esthetic background for eight national parks-four each in the  United States and Canada. It is a pioneer on many sites, yet it is  commonly the climax dominant. Although western hemlock grows like a weed,  its versatility and potential for management make it the "Cinderella  of the Northwest."

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E. C. Packee

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