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April 29, 2022


Thank you, Carol! What a great story! I just love the trees--all kinds of trees. I grew up visiting pine forests with my grandfather, who was a lumberman, and my father was always telling me how much better Longleaf Pines are than the other pines of the South--shortleaf, slash, loblolly, and the like. The Lodgepole Pines in this drawing are among those planted in 1974 by University of Alaska forest scientists in the Arboretum here, from 29 different seed sources in SE Alaska, British Columbia, and Yukon, to see how they would fare and to measure their rate of growth. The studies ended decades ago, and I'm among very few who have visited the plot in recent decades, but I've been in there every week for the past year, and I'm fascinated with the differences among the Lodgepole Pines, Scots Pines, Jack Pines, and Siberian Pines still growing in the little 2-acre study compound along with lots of other trees from around the Circumpolar North!

All of these are lovely, Kes. I often feel like I don't draw enough. These drawings are really nice, and I like your explanations of their origin.
When my brother and I were young, our parents took us to a ranch in Wyoming every other summer. I remember a group from a Montana tribe coming down to the Big Horns, where the ranch was, to get Lodgepole pines. I always was intrigued by the name, Lodgepole. I can't remember what tribe they were from, but my 6 year old brother expected TV Indians, and he was very disappointed because they were wearing tennis shoes! Enjoy the spring!

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