National Geographic : 1990 Sep
Wearing the dark green of never-cut forest, a southeastern portion of Olympic National For est in Washington-prime old-growth habi tat-shows almost no loss to logging across its 217 square miles. Most of the area's mature private timber having been cut, logging advances into state and Indian reserves. In Olympic's southeast section about one-fourth of the old growth has been cut under Forest Service license. Virgin woodlands 01620 1850 1850 Scattered virgin forest 1990 SOURCE:ATLASOFTHEHISTORICALGEOGRAPHY OFTHEUNITEDSTATES,BYCHARLES O. PAULLIN,EDITEDBY JOHNK. WRIGHT,1932; THEWILDERNESSSOCIETY The eastern forests of colonial times knew 200-foot giants felled for the Royal Navy's masts. Reseeding of public lands and abandonment of farm acreage have fostered a returnof trees, especially in the East and South. But tree growing is not at issue in the old-growth dispute. That battle is over saving whole communities of plants, fish, and wildlife in the West.