Great Bear National Forest - Sacred Spaces, Day 1: Part One

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Sept 19, 2007 (Morning) -- On the Way to Kynoch

Ross recalled a story where a beautiful 60foot yellow cedar was cut down in a logging patch. He approached the tree which had a series of Japanese characters gashed into the bark."What does this mean?" he said, pointing to the foreign writing. The logger turned to him: "That means that this tree will be turned into chopsticks."

Sept 19, 2007 (Morning) - Jackson Narrows through Mathieson Channel

Experimental heli-logging. Loggers pick an area, cut a tree, and a specialized helicopter will pluck it from the earth - one tree at a time - creating a "bald spot" in secondary-growth forestland.

A natural river undercuts a snowbank

Sept 19, 2007 (Afternoon, Fog Rising) - Mathieson Channel to Kynoch

"To stand at the edge of the sea, to sense the ebb and flow of the tides, to feel the breath of a mist moving over a great salt marsh, to watch the flight of shore birds that have swept up and down the surf lines of the continents for untold thousands of year, to see the running of the old eels and the young shad to the sea, is to have knowledge of things that are as nearly eternal as any earthly life can be." - Rachel Carson

Photos compliments of: Sherrie, Tom, and Summer

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