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Grand Fir and Dull Oregon-grape

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Grand Fir and Dull Oregon-grape

Mesic Coniferous Forest [Red-Listed]

This rare forested community usually occurs in small patches on slopes where there are deep nutrient rich soils and has a mostly shaded understory often completely covered with dull Oregon-grape. Douglas-fir, cedar and western hemlock all occur in varying ratios. Compared with these often more dominant tree species, grand fir has a relatively short lifespan and is more susceptible to disease.

Photo by Ryan Batten