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Apparently I suck at taking selfies. At least I got the 6ft Sitka spruce in the frame. #piceastichensis #pacificnorthwest #humboldt #fieldwork

Here a micro-edit from one of our jobs this week. There's more where this came from😎❤️🌲 #piceastichensis #sitkaspruce #monstertree #closequarters #firewood #dangertree #gopro #dreamjob #treelife #work

The state tree of Alaska, the Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchenensis) are among some of the tallest conifers in the world, with most reaching 200-300 feet tall. Thanks to the temperate seasons and the moist ocean air on the coasts of Alaska, these are very fast growing trees; they thrive in wet soil and can tolerate salt water spray.
Sitka spruce wood is light and soft while also strong and flexible, and is the most important timber wood in Alaska. It is used to make sounding boards for guitars and pianos, as well as papermaking, sailboat masts, aircraft components, ladders, oars, and other general construction purposes.
These tall trees provide excellent roosting spots for bald eagles and peregrine falcons, while deer, porcupines, elk, bear, rabbits, and hares love to snack on the foliage. #sitkaspruce #piceastichensis #alaskan #flora #nature #takeitintheface

Happy to get this one down - it had all kinds of problems. Thanks for the photo, @stemnstone and thanks for moving all those rounds💪💪 #piceastichensis #carpenterants #previouslytopped #dangertree #monstertree #mercykill #treelife #work #arborist

Sweet action shot from last week thanks to @stemnstone. Notice the blue sky - a very short window of nice in a month of bleak. #headsup #incoming #somuchfirewood #tightquarters #targetpractice #piceastichensis #actionshot #stihl #treelife #work

The Black Tusk crew killed it on the ground today - 100' of giant limbs rigged, dragged and chipped. @stemnstone and @ryan_salvesen moved over 7000lbs of branches! I'd be sad if it hadn't been previously topped😕. #monstertree #piceastichensis #dangertree #teamwork #senabluetooth #stihl #treelife #work #dreamjob

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A few weeks ago a miracle happened and I got a plot of land. Alleluia! With it I inherited this coniferous tree which was maybe another blessing as I ignored the Pine family for way too long. I knew how to identify a true pine and I'm well familiar with yew, but I was unable to differentiate a spruce from a fir (not mentioning other families of coniferous). A lot of reading followed. This young tree is missing some key features and my basic tree guides aren't brilliant, but my best guess is that this is either a Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchensis) or a Brewer's Spruce (Picea breweriana). From what I see here I knew I was missing a lot, these tender and aromatic tips were just asking to be harvested, but I had to be sure that I'd be safe with an inaccurate id and thankfully it seems to be a generous family of plants. The future of this tree is not auspicious, it's quite bended from the base as it's being outcompeted for rooting space and sun light by a young oak tree which is growing through the fence. So two handicapped trees, and at this stage I don't have much faith the Spruce can recover even if I fell the Oak, so I consider a sad fate for both.

#EvergreenTrees #Coniferous #Pinaceae #Picea #Piceastichensis #Piceabreweriana #spruce #sitkaspruce #brewersspruce #sprucetips #EverEatAPine
#TreeID #TreeIDhelp #PlantID #PlantIDhelp #Botany #PlantLovers

The state tree of Alaska, the Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchenensis) are among some of the tallest conifers in the world, with most reaching 200-300 feet tall. Thanks to the temperate seasons and the moist ocean air on the coasts of Alaska, these are very fast growing trees; they thrive in wet soil and can tolerate salt water spray.
Sitka spruce wood is light and soft while also strong and flexible, and is the most important timber wood in Alaska. It is used to make sounding boards for guitars and pianos, as well as papermaking, sailboat masts, aircraft components, ladders, oars, and other general construction purposes.
These tall trees provide excellent roosting spots for bald eagles and peregrine falcons, while deer, porcupines, elk, bear, rabbits, and hares love to snack on the foliage. #sitkaspruce #piceastichensis #alaskan #flora #nature #takeitintheface

Here a micro-edit from one of our jobs this week. There's more where this came from😎❤️🌲 #piceastichensis #sitkaspruce #monstertree #closequarters #firewood #dangertree #gopro #dreamjob #treelife #work

Happy to get this one down - it had all kinds of problems. Thanks for the photo, @stemnstone and thanks for moving all those rounds💪💪 #piceastichensis #carpenterants #previouslytopped #dangertree #monstertree #mercykill #treelife #work #arborist

The Black Tusk crew killed it on the ground today - 100' of giant limbs rigged, dragged and chipped. @stemnstone and @ryan_salvesen moved over 7000lbs of branches! I'd be sad if it hadn't been previously topped😕. #monstertree #piceastichensis #dangertree #teamwork #senabluetooth #stihl #treelife #work #dreamjob

Apparently I suck at taking selfies. At least I got the 6ft Sitka spruce in the frame. #piceastichensis #pacificnorthwest #humboldt #fieldwork

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