A Recovering Forest

A Recovering Forest (HM1CAZ)

Location: Ashford, WA 98304 Pierce County
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Country: United States of America
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N 46° 44.489', W 121° 53.792'

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Mount Rainier National Park

Does this forest look different than the forest on the other side of the river? Multiple mudflows have raced down Mount Rainier's slopes snapping off trees like toothpicks. When the mud stopped flowing, it set like concrete over tree roots, suffocating them. The younger trees here are beginning to heal the scar left by many mudflows.

Look at the different species of trees in this forest. Many are Douglas-fir, western hemlock, and alder, some of the first to sprout through the thick mud.Staying on trails allows forests to recover naturally. This forest will continue to recover until the next disturbance occurs.

(Inscription over the photo in the bottom left)
Look for the western hemlock with its droop limbs of flat needles, small cones, and a rough scaly bark.

(Inscription over the photo in the bottom right)
Alders have leaves with teeth-like edges and smooth bark, often partially covered with lichens.
Placed ByNational Park Service-United States Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 14th, 2014 at 12:03am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10T E 584295 N 5177027
Decimal Degrees46.74148333, -121.89653333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 46° 44.489', W 121° 53.792'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds46° 44' 29.34" N, 121° 53' 47.52" W
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Area Code(s)360, 503
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 99-101 Paradise Road East, Ashford WA 98304, US
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