Excerpts from Jim Conrad's
Naturalist Newsletter

from the June 19, 2005 Newsletter issued from the Sierra Nevada foothills somewhat east of Placerville, California, USA

Here are the trees I identified during a  hike up Slate Mountain in June, 2005:

  1. Digger Pine/ Pinus sabiniana
  2. Ponderosa Pine/ Pinus ponderosa
  3. Sugar Pine/ Pinus lambertiana
  4. Douglas-fir/ Pseudotsuga menziesii
  5. Incense-cedar/ Libocedrus decurrens
  6. White Alder/ Alnus rhombifolia
  7. Tanoak/ Lithocarpus densiflorus
  8. California Hazel/ Corylus cornuta californica
  9. California Black Oak/ Quercus kelloggii
  10. Canyon Live Oak/ Quercus chrysolepis
  11. Bigleaf Maple/ Acer macrophyllum
  12. Pacific Dogwood/ Cornus nuttallii
  13. California Buckeye/ Aesculus californica
  14. Pacific Madrone/ Arbutus menziesii

It's interesting to compare this list with the one I made for my earlier home at Laurel Hill Plantation near Natchez. That list bore over 60 species -- nine just of oaks. Well, this much smaller number reflects two basic ecological generalisms when all other variables remain the same and no extremes are involved:

By the way, that tree list for Laurel Hill is at www.backyardnature.net/trees-lh.htm