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Photos: Contrasting forests

The Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park stands in contrast to clear-cut forestlands not far away.
By Bill Detwiler, Contributor on
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Phone booth

At the Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park, one of the first things visitors see is a phone booth covered in moss. The dense vegetation in the park contrasts sharply with the barren terrain of nearby clear-cut forestland.

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Moss

Throughout the Hoh Rain Forest, trees are overcome with moss, often from the ground all the way to their tops.

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Branch over creek

A moss-covered branch extends over a creek in the Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park in Washington.

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Clump of moss

Moss is so abundant in the Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park that clumps of it sometimes fall from tree branches.

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Dripping moss

The moss dripping down from trees makes some forest settings seem fantastical, like something from a Tolkien story.

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Clear-cut forest

The Oregon and Washington coasts are pockmarked with miles of clear-cut forest. Clear-cutting leaves the land looking like it has been hit by a hurricane.

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Visible clear-cut

While the clear-cutting is often hidden away or hard to see, it is sometimes directly visible from Highway 101.

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Tall tree

Because of heavy annual rainfall, high humidity, deep and well-draining soil and mild temperatures, the trees in the Hoh Rain Forest are among the tallest of their species in the world.

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