People Are Part of Ecosystems
People have made their homes in the Pacific Northwest for thousands of years.
People look to forests for wood, beauty, clean water, wildlife, and recreation,
among other values.
Our values shape the ways we relate to forests. Some people live in or near
forests. Others love to visit forests and hike or camp among the trees. Some
people hunt or fish, or raft down forest streams. Many of us drink water that
comes originally from forests. We all breathe oxygen produced by forest trees.
In modern society, we all use wood and paper. Trees are harvested to supply
wood for lumber, plywood, paper, and hundreds of other wood products that are
in our houses, part of our daily lives, packaging for food, or used in schools
and offices. People also plant trees to replace the trees cut and used.
Foresters, wildlife biologists, soil scientists, and other professionals
manage most forests in the Pacific Northwest. Forests can be managed for
several uses. An old-growth forest is also valuable for some wildlife species,
water, and some recreation. Young forests are valuable for other wildlife
species, as future sources of wood, and also as sources of clean water. Click
of the forest types to learn more about particular forests in Alaska, Oregon,
Forest managers invite the public to share their values and opinions about
how forests should be managed. What do you value in forests?
This Web site is a good place to learn more about forests. The best way to
learn about forests is to spend some time exploring them. Visit forest
trails in the Pacific Northwest to find out about exploring national forests.