Q. What is Alaska’s vegetation? -Sean
A. I think I can answer this one without even much research; although if what I say doesn’t satisfy your enquiring mind, please write me again. As far as trees go, we have tons of black spruce, willow, aspen, alder, birch, mountain ash, and cottonwood. We have a huge cottonwood sitting right on our creek bank. Quite often a bald eagle is perched in the top, gazing down at the trout in the creek. When he gets hungry enough, he divebombs down and picks out a trout and carries the hapless creature off! Rather interesting that he carries the fish beneath him like a torpedo under a plane, rather than crosswise as you would think. Very good reason for this. It is so the fish is rather hidden beneath him and another eagle won’t see the fish sticking out and try and take it away! Smart bird. Yes, Sean, eat your heart out. A trout stream flows 20 feet from my kitchen door! I am a blessed lady, I know. There are always plenty for the eagles as I don’t even fish! I just watch ’em!
The mountainsides and foothills abound with low vegetation and wild berry bushes. We have current, bearberry, mossberry, blueberries, lowbush and high bush cranberries, salmonberries, watermelon berries (yes, they taste just like watermelon!). God’s gift to Alaska where regular melons won’t grow. (well, except for a few show offs who grow a few in greenhouses.) (I’m jealous of course.)
We also have all kinds of wild grasses, ferns, devil’s club, poppies, daisies, and – well, any flower grows like crazy during our long light summers.
Many beautiful walking sticks and other items are carved from diamond willow and provide a nice income for some artistic folks.
Juneau and the lower panhandle have larger evergreen trees than we do in central Alaska. They have milder winters and more rain.
Of course this is just a small sample, so if you require, I’ll give you more. Are you doing a school report or something? Later, BJ