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Coastal rainforest just cut down. | by F.Eatherington
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Coastal rainforest just cut down.

This is the Elliott State Forest in Oregon, near the Pacific Ocean. This clearcut, former forest, was habitat for the marbled murrelet, an endangered sea bird that needs coastal old growth to nest. This picture was taken right after the forest was cut down, and all the trees are still laying on the ground. The trees just cut have not yet been pulled to the road and loaded on log trucks. All the branches are moved from the sky to the ground and they haven't died yet. The upright tree-like things were dead trees in the forest before the clearcut (old growth forests have lots of dead trees in with the living forest, and wildlife really love the soft wood of dead trees to build their homes). Standing dead trees are called "snags" and are usually left standing in clearcuts because they are not worth anything at the mill. Also seen in this picture is the coastal fog, just moving in for the evening. Not seen are the tons of 2-4D herbicides that will be sprayed over the new tree plantation as a final assault on fish and wildlife. The herbicides are so only commercial trees can grow in the new tree-farm. Also not seen are the TONS of carbon, stored in this forest for centuries, that is polluting our atmosphere. Fish Headwaters sale cut 2-04

 

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Taken on February 19, 2004