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Trees that are centuries old help tell story of Spokane

Monday, May 20, 2019   (0 Comments)

By The Spokesman-Review

When Jeff Perry wraps his arms around a Douglas fir growing out of the edge of an Indian Canyon Park cliff, his limbs only span about a third of the tree.

Perry, a city arborist, estimates the tree is one of the region’s oldest surviving firs, at around 400 years old. The tree is one of three ancient Douglas firs overlooking Mystic Falls, and just a short walk away from Chief Spokane Garry’s final campsite. He said it’s difficult to measure, because it’s holding together the edge of a cliff.

He said the Indian Canyon’s three ancient Douglas firs are far too big to be logged, and their only value now is their presence in the undeveloped park.

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