National Geographic : 1994 Oct
to see how much of even the most destructible kind isstill unspoiled." -J OHN MUIR Waves of solitude wash the beaches of Washing ton's Olympic National Park, a major preserve of temperate rain forest. Olympic boasts nearly 60 miles of the most primitive coastline in the lower forty-eight. The singed scalp of Yel lowstone sprouts fire weed-an early phase in fire-cycle succession. Since the park's huge 1988 blaze, burned vegetation has begun recycling back to fir and lodgepole pine forest.