Forest Files June 2012
IN THIS ISSUE
Zipping Through Tree Tops
Ever wanted to tour a forest from above instead of below? In recent years, this wish has become a reality thanks to the booming canopy-tours and zip-line industry in the United States. More than 200 locations in the country offer a chance to expand your knowledge of nature while giving you a whole new perspective on a forest you may already know and love.
Smog and the Sequoias
National parks are generally known for their seclusion from city life and vast amounts of trees and wildlife. It is surprising to find out that some of the nation’s most well-known parks have alarmingly high levels of air pollution. Sequoia National Park topped the EPA and National Park Service’s worst pollution list in 2011.
The Forest Keepers
Wisconsin’s Menominee tribe has established a sustainable forestry system that ensures reservation land will survive well into the future. Their success stems from oral tradition and the rule to never take more than what can be produced. The tribe has encountered many ups and downs over the last couple hundred years, but the tribe and its forest survive.
Special Event: Threats to Western Forests
Predators are stalking America’s western forests. And they’re smaller than grains of rice: a fungus and a beetle. Together, they’ve killed 90 percent of pines in some forests. Join American Forests, photographer James Balog and ecologist Dr. Diana F. Tomback for a free, special event in Washington, D.C., illuminating the threats and challenges facing our western forests.
STANDING TALL: Search for the Silver Fir
Bogachiel Valley lies deep inside Washington’s most untouched rainforest and is home to a variety of tree species. Tyler Williams paddles the Bogachiel River and scales steep mountains in search of a champion tree that hasn’t been seen for more than 10 years.
“Within minutes, I reached an obvious game trail that led uphill. The path was clear at first and then vanished as it tracked beneath obscuring sword ferns. But it was there. My feet could feel it.”
~Tyler Williams, big-tree hunter and adventure seeker