A walk took us to a nearby river, which had quite a beautiful view.
There were three types of trees and many wildflowers in the area. The first was the paper birch. This tree can grow upto 70ft. Its trunk seems to be peeling off into white layers. I read (in the Pocket Naturalist Guide to Alaska Trees and Wildflowers) that the bark was used by Native Americans to make bowls and canoes.
Next on was the feltleaf willow that lined the sidewalk with its cotton like hairs.
Finally was the third - i'm not quite sure what this is -- is it a spruce? or a hemlock or a pine? how do i tell? After pouring over the guide books that i have, I am still a bit lost.
Update: I think I'm narrowing down on the White Spruce. see the comments and add yours!