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Conifer Forests

Expansive coniferous forests give Washington its nickname – the Evergreen State. They also have provided an economic base for much of the last 100 years, particularly for many rural communities. As the amount of old-growth has decreased over the decades, concern about the fate of old-growth dependent species, including the Northern Spotted Owl and Marbled Murrelet, has increased.

Ecological Systems of Conifer Forests in Western Washington

North Pacific Dry-Mesic Silver Fir-Western Hemlock-Douglas-fir Forest

North Pacific Maritime Dry-Mesic Douglas-fir-Western Hemlock Forest

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