What Trees are Native to Idaho?

There are very little hardwoods native to Idaho. This statement seems confusing at first. When people think of Idaho they may often think about our timber here. We have a large and fairly active timber industry. The state capital city, Boise, and one of its rivers, is from the French word for “wooded”.
But while Idaho has a large amount of timber, almost none of it is hardwood. If you use hardwoods for anything, chances are it was imported from out of state and maybe even from another country.

Idaho Forest Products has an interesting breakdown of the tree species in Idaho:

208 Urban Timber

 This chart says that over 92% of the trees that make up the idaho forest are from 9 different species, and all of them are softwoods. Not a single hardwood is listed.
There is also an interesting map that shows the distribution of trees by species:
(Click on the map to view a larger image.)

If you are a wood worker and someone is interested in buying your piece, what story would you like to tell them about the materials and where they came from? Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to say “This Black Locust is from Kootenai St in Boise and taken down by the local company, Chavo tree service and saved from the landfill by 208 Urban Timber. It was milled right here by Tuckers Timber. This tree has traveled less than 25 miles and been touched by only people who call Idaho home.” This is the history of the black locust that we have currently in our inventory.

Being able to tell that story is important (see our post “What’s Your Story” here) and it brings a lot more intrinsic value to the pieces you create as a local artisan.

And if you are local to the Boise area and would like to join our inventory group on Facebook, you can join it here. 

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