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Old 05-03-2013, 02:07 AM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Northern California.
Everything between British Columbia Highway 16 and California State Route 36.
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:25 PM
 
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I live in Seattle. Locals here (as far as I feel) do NOT include northern California as the "Pacific Northwest". Most of us here feel it's WA, OR, and ID.... but even I don't feel like Idaho belongs.

If you include Canada then I would say lower BC is also included in that. But that isn't really "Northwest" if you are a Canadian is it?
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:55 PM
 
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I'm just going to include the US in this. Oregon and Washington. Possibly the Cascade Mountains of CA.
I may be wrong but I believe the trees of Idaho are more indicative of the northern Rockies than of the Pacific Northwest. For example, to my knowledge Noble fir, Sitka spruce, and Grand fir do not grow in Idaho.

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Old 05-03-2013, 05:21 PM
 
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There's something distinctly "northwestern" about evergreen coastal temperate rainforests. They create a specific kind of natural environment that has its own distinct look/feel/scent, and in that sense, the northwest extends up to the Alaska panhandle.

The Queen Charlotte Islands/Haida Gwaii off the coast of BC is one of the most "northwestern" places I've ever been, even though it is Canadian and the northern coast provides views of far southern Alaska on a clear day. Whenever you have a combination of those forests and wild salmon, it's a strong candidate for inclusion in "the northwest."
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