Saturday, April 2, 2011

Rockport State Park

I am link up with Scenic Sunday  with some pic's of the Rockport State Park and its old growth forest.

Being married to a tree hugger visiting the Rockport State Park during our North Cascades trip last fall was a must do. The Rockport State Park is an old growth forest and is 670 acres located along the lower Skagit River. The park has over 600 acres of old growth timber and has an ecosystem that has never been disrupted. It is a natural forest with a canopy so dense that only minimal sunlight penetrates to the ground.



 I am not positive but it seems that only the western states have the old growth forest. If anyone knows where we can find some more old growth forest on the east coast, hubby and I would love to visit. Since being married I have visited the tall Redwoods National Park, Sequoia National Park, I believe there were some old growth trees located in Yosemite when we visited and this last visit to the North Cascades National Park.

Walking along the trail, we saw these beautiful ferns and the gorgeous trees. It was a quiet place with only sounds of birds and sometimes the sound of water could be heard.

I have found a website showing the loss of old growth forest over the years and found it to be very alarming and sad. Here is a link Old growth forest. Looking at the map my state of Maryland does not show any old growth forest. It is no surprise the Forestry managers of Md seem to like the idea of clear cutting. You can click on the link to find your own state to see if there any old growth forest.

My photo below does not really show the size of this downed tree, but walking along next to it I felt small. Even dead trees provide shelter for mammals, birds and insect species.


I found even this mossy tree to be a beautiful sight.

The roots of this downed tree even looked beautiful covered with moss and ferns.


Am I one of the few who love these old forest and would hate to loose them all. I read that in the Pacific Northwest 80 percent of the forest are slated to be logged.  Old growth trees provide crucial resources that younger forest can not provide. From the canopy to the fallen decomposing trees old growth forest sustain a web of life from soil building organisms all the way up the food chain. What old growth forest are left in the USA need to be conserved.


I loved this early morning foggy Skagit River scene. The Pacific Northwest is beautiful area to visit.


The old growth forest are treasures that I feel should be saved and appreciated by all. I love to walk along the giant forest, how about you?  I hope you enjoyed my post and photos. Click on my link for Scenic Sunday to view more beautiful scenes from around the world.

14 comments:

  1. I too am a tree hugger and it's not easy to find the ancient ones. One place on the south side of Mt St Helens I used to frequent to soothe my soul. Also the Redwoods and on the Olympic Peninsula. Every time I saw a fleeting glimpse of the forest little people. Some think I'm crazy. But....I'm sure I see a little face peeking out from that moss covered root wad. Love them all, especially the header.

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  2. We enjoyed the Pacific Northwest as well. Would love to go back to the Cascades and spend more time.

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  3. I believe that a forest can be cut sensibly (read: NOT clear-cut) and managed to provide wood and wood products for ever. Trees are a renewable resource.

    That being said, cutting the last of the old growth makes no sense to me at all. There are plenty of second and third growth forests and tree farms to supply what we need.

    Your photos are beautiful. If you and your husband have not seen the Olympic National Forest yet, I recommend it. You will see other examples of what you have shown here, along with seashores and mountain tops if you go.

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  4. I am glad to see all these trees. They are my friends.

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  5. wow...im in awwe with your shot so beautiful...want to see it in person...visiting from Scenic Sunday..followed you, hope you'll follow me back...

    mine's here:
    http://lovingoutliving.blogspot.com/2011/04/popes-tower.html

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  6. One wonders how our forefathers could not see what they were doing to our planet. This forest is beautiful and does look like you have gone back in time.

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  7. Fascinating trees. And the text that goes with your photos is informative. would like you to have a look at our blog - Friends of Roadside Trees - http://fortmysore.blogspot.com/

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  8. it's so sad that all across the world we're losing our old growth forests. These photos are stunning and help to show one of the reasons why these areas are so vital, they're just so beautiful and peaceful

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  9. i would love to jungle trek there.

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  10. As a fellow tree-hugger, I so enjoyed these shots! I am fortunate to live in B.C.s West Coast, where remnants of ancient rain forests can still be found. But as in the Pacific Northwest, we are swiftly losing those beautiful giant trees to the logging industry. Photographs may be all the legacy we leave to our children's children. It is heartbreaking, indeed...

    Lynette
    Imagination Lane

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  11. I have ties to BC and have visited many of the state parks along the west coast of the USA, including some you mention. One of my favorite activities is to walk in these old forests and they never fail to make me feel at one with nature. The logging story is a depressing one. Your photos are beautiful, Eileen.

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  12. Those are beautiful trees. Thank you for taking us there. Beautiful photos.

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  13. Fantastic photos. Fascinating. Have a nice week.

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  14. Thank you for the Pacific Northwest "fix"... we will be going back this summer.

    It has always been my understanding that old growth forests do not exist in the East because they were logged out long ago. I certainly join you in hoping that doesn't happen in "my" Northwest.....the logging industry is a powerful lobby there though'

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