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What trees do you look for?

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I am working on building a new tree map, especially for "natural morels"

We have a tree species map for burn morels already (I am Modern Forager BTW, I put images below of some of our maps). It lets users overlay tree species onto burn perimeters, but the relevant tree species are all conifers like firs, spruce, pine and cedar. Obviously, for natural morels that doesn't really help!

We also have a forest type map overlay, for the whole country (photo below)

I am hoping some experts on this group can recommend what tree species they would like to be able to see on a map for their natural morels.

What trees would you like to see to help you? What region are you in?

Unfortunately, Apple is not on the list - since it is in orchards, not in forests.

Thanks in advance for helping me out!

Here is a sample tree species map, showing Grand Firs over fire perimeters
Ecoregion Map Rectangle Slope Terrestrial plant

Here is a forest type map showing forest types overlaid on National Forest map... it is more of a "blunt" tool though. It is more useful for finding general habitats that forest types prefer vs specific species.
Brown Rectangle Font Paint Slope

For instance, in the West, one great place to target is a "stewardship" area (thins, cuts, controlled burns, etc) that os 1-3 years old and has a Douglas Fir base forest. Voila:
Purple Organism Font Line Screenshot
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Once you know a handful of species that are worth looking for it really comes down to the secondary conditions AKA South facing lots of moss and grass good black dirt and sandy/rocky soils low spots and high spots and also springs. Another fun trick is to look on a satellite image and try to find the largest trees in a patch of woods. This way you are ensured to be in the old growth with much more success.
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