Champion Trees of Washington State. It is called the 'tree of life' by the Kakawaka'wakw and is still held with highest respect by all northwest coast peoples for its healing and spiritual powers. Shade leaves scale-like, decurrent, opposite in 4 ranks, each leaf green, glabrous, 1-6 mm long including decurrent base (shortest at tips, longest at base of shoot), acute to abruptly acuminate, often mucronate; stomata forming an irregular patch on the lower side of each leaf. It is prized for making canoe paddles. A Coast Salish myth says the Great Spirit created redcedar in honour of a man who was always helping others: 'When he dies and where he is buried, a cedar tree will grow and be useful to the people -- the roots for baskets, the bark for clothing, the wood for shelter' " (Pojar and Mackinnon 1994). Bark red-brown or (particularly when exposed to sunlight) gray-brown, 10-25 mm thick, fibrous with shallow longitudinal fissures, easily peeled. WESTERN CEDAR BARK BEETLES The Situation Cedar bark beetles in the genus Phloeosinus (pronounced "flea-o-sign-us") are normally inconspicuous, low-priority pests in Colorado. While this disease does not kill the tree, its effects may be compounded by severe or prolonged drought and greatly reduce the cedar’s economic value. This all-bark mulch is made of western red cedar. The attractive reddish gold color is 100% natural and offers long lasting beauty. a good skill to know if you need to make rope or string in the wilds