Coveted as a building material here for millennia, and recently so vigorously harvested; thus not so easily observed here as a mature living specimen.
Evidently the larger poles now are constructed out of two pieces.
Red stringy bark, scaly leaves, opposite pairing, droopy branching, and small numerous red seed cones.
Thuja plicata, commonly called Western or Pacific redcedar,giant or western arborvitae,giant cedar, or shinglewood, is a species of Thuja, an evergreen coniferous tree in the cypress family Cupressaceae native to western North America. Despite its common names, it does not belong with the true cedars within the genus Cedrus. It is the Provincial tree of British Columbia, and has extensive applications for the indigenous First Nations of the Pacific Northwest.