Growth Forests of Ponderosa Pine forests in the Rocky
growth forests of ponderosa pine forest is rare
these days. The truly big, old growth forest trees
are mostly gone - cut down by loggers in search of
the few that remain are threatened. In the logging
community there is a feeling that if a ponderosa pine
tree is allowed to grow old and die a natural death,
it has been "wasted."
all depends on one's point of view. But to me, a board
isn't the natural ecological climix of old growth
forests. A dying tree which supplies mulch and fertilization
for the rest of the forest is the climax. So, is the
decades it can take for a standing, dead ponderosa
pine to fall. During this time it is home to insects
and small mammals. Old, dead trees are prime habitat
for various birds such as woodpeckers, that seek out
insects in the trunks of the dead ponderosa pines.
the U.S. Forest Service to save the remaining old
growth forests of Rocky Mountains Ponderosa Pine trees
As a U.S. citizen, no matter where you live, you own
part of our public lands in the Rocky Mountains. You
own part of the national forests, and part of the
national parks, and part of the national grasslands.
You own these just as much if you are a kid in New
York City, as does a logging company executive who
logs the national forests and lives in the West.
Let the U.S. Forest Service know you want them to
save your old growth forests of ponderosa pines
trees that grow on your land on your national forest.
There aren't that many old growth ponderosa pines
left to save.
Mountains Ponderosa pine tree forest fires