The Earth transformed
Ancient Forest Rage Over Trees
The anthropomorphic change on the opal creek valley is a devastating occurrence.
Deforestation of this national forest illustrates human’s obsession with forests utilitarian
value. The opal valley was largely untouched land before the logging mills took control.
Much controversy surrounds this land due to its economic value as timber and its
aesthetic value as a standing forest. While both sides pose reasonable arguments I believe
that the land provides benefits outweigh the costs as a standing old growth forest.
Opal creek is the last low elevation watershed. It is one of the very few old
growth forests today. Ancient forest provides biodiversity and habitats for many species
including the spotted owl that is currently endangered. The spotted owl rely on old
growth trees only for its environment just like 160 other species. Every aspect of a
ecosystem is important. Without one aspect it can crumble. Clearing the fallen logs can
lead to poor soils. Clearing trees will lead to a loss of plant species, and biodiversity in
opal creek. Ancient trees are a nonrenewable resource because they take over 1000 to
regrow after deforestation.
Opal Creek valley provides more benefits as