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Camp Oregon Caves Port Orford Cedar

Posted on: September 23rd, 2011 by Madeline MacGregor in Heritage Tree Details | No Comments

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana

Native to Oregon, this unique tree’s bark and wood are legendary for its hardiness and resistance to the elements. This species has a small range, most of which is in southwest Oregon. Port Orford cedar’s bounty was shared by indigenous peoples and commercial entrepreneurs alike. Iconic Port Orford cedar siding on many old structures from the CCC era remains a rarity. Many buildings from that decade were stripped of their siding and the wood used elsewhere. Port Orford cedar wood was also used extensively in the mid 1900s for arrow shaft production since its wood does not splinter. Port Orford cedar historically had spiritual significance to northern California tribes who used its branches to build sweat lodges and ceremonial houses. The Hoopa Valley Tribe named this species The Healer.

Tree Facts

  • Approx. height: 60′
  • Age: approx. 100 years
  • Circumference: 6′
  • Crown: 40′

Visit this tree

The tree is located on Highway 46 (Oregon Caves Highway) about 11.5 miles from Cave Junction at the Chinquapin Campground.

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