Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata) is a conifer with very rot resistant wood, so often used for fence posts, railings, and decking. It splits easily in long pieces and much of my teenage years was spent splitting fence posts, railing and cutting cedar shakes to earn pocket money. It is the wood of choice for coastal First Nation's canoes, long house boards and totem poles. The inner bark can be stripped, worked to make it pliable and used for matting and clothing. The branches can be twisted into rope - the uses of this tree are just about endless.
Here at Leaning Oaks we have a handful of cedars, although several of them have died since we moved here, likely victims of recent hot, dry summers. New recruits are non-existant on the property-they are heavily browsed upon by Blacktail Deer, which are at a very high population levels.