There’s something remarkably soft about walking through an old-growth temperate rainforest in the Pacific Northwest. Moss covers forest floors and giant fallen tree trunks like a plush blanket. Nutrient-rich soil, filled deep with decaying organic matter, feels like padding under each step. Even the wet bark of a red cedar feels like it could crumble inside hands if broken off and gently crushed.
As a hiker staring up 50 meters at a towering western hemlock in awe, one may wonder how industrial logging has pillaged these treasures so intensely. In the Pacific Northwest, 80 to 90 percent of primary forest has been clearcut or altered in some way.
Many of us unknowingly contribute to its downfall.
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