National Geographic : 1961 Mar
KODACHROMEBY NATIONALGEOGRAPHICPHOTOGRAPHERKATHLEEN REVIS AND ANSCOCHROME(RIGH" stumbling across the northern half of Wash ington. From the Canadian border to Stevens Pass, about 80 miles, not one road threads the tangle. In an area nearly the size of New Jersey, man remains an intruder. The map places this rugged heartland within three national forests-Mount Baker on the north west, Okanogan on the east, and Wenatchee on the south (maps, pages 338 and 339). The Forest Service supervises recreation, logging, and grazing in its domain, so that these public lands may serve "the greatest good of the greatest number in the long The Author: Edwards Park was a journalist in Australia and in his native New England before joining NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC'S Editorial Staff six years ago. A World War II fighter pilot in the southwest Pacific, he met his Australian wife in Melbourne. They live near Washington, D. C. 336 run." * But it has set aside two areas in the North Cascades where chain saws and road graders may not go. One surrounds 10,568 foot Glacier Peak. The other, the 800,000 acre North Cascade Primitive Area, stretches along the Canadian border; even now it was passing beneath our wings. Tomorrow we were to join a Forest Service pack trip setting out to cross the mountains from west to east entirely within the North Cascade Primitive Area. Later we would hike through the Glacier Peak Wilderness Area as well. (In Forest Service terminology a primitive area is the same as a wilderness area.) That evening, after we had landed back at Bellingham, we were briefed by Harold *See "Our Green Treasury, the National Forests," by Nathaniel T. Kenney, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, Sep tember, 1956.