Alaska

Date: Sun, 19 May 1996 13:54:23 -0800
From: Joy
To: jj68@is2.nyu.edu
Subject: Trees in Shageluk
Hi sorry I didn't get back to you right away. Craziness going on here.
Our ice went out then school closed for the summer. Early ice-out this year.
Such is life in the woods.
Oldest tree in our neighborhood...well, that's hard to say...

Since we live in the woods and the woods are our neighborhood, ah, people don't
generally keep track of them around here. I suppose we should. You know, I'm just
making a guess. In fact, my family and I were out in the boat yesterday and I looked
around to what I think MIGHT be an older growth of trees in the area. I think that
the oldest growth of trees in downriver from us about 6 miles.

We have short needled spruce trees, lots of willows, cotton woods, tamars and
birch. In our area the spruce trees don't grow very tall because we are in a valley
sort of. Lots of permafrost here, too. Tall, TALL spruce trees grow on the Yukon River
hills about 39 miles from here. They get a girth of about 5' in diameter. I think.
Sorry, got no pictures to send you! Take care. Hope this helps
Have a great summer

Joy
Innoko River School

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