baumzaehlen - Primeval Forests & Their Trees

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Mount Rainier National Park, Washington, USA

 

This park (950 km2) is located around Mt. Rainier, a 4392 metre tall volcano. The lower slopes are covered by lush temperate rainforests which are mainly in their natural condition1. Annual precipitation is approx. 2000 mm. There are 31 tree species in the park2. Camping is allowed throughout the forest.

 

References:

 

1       Eifert, L. (2000): Field Guide to Old-Growth Forests. Sasquatch Books.

2       Latham, R. E. & Ricklefs, R. E. (1993): Opens external link in new windowGlobal patterns of tree species richness in moist forests: energy-diversity theory does not account for variation in species richness. Oikos 67: 325-33.

 

Official site:

 

http://www.nps.gov/mora


Tsuga heterophylla (western hemlock) dominated forest. Also Thuja plicata (western redcedar), centre, and Picea sitchensis (Sitka spruce), large tree, right. Elev. 520 m.