Biological Legacy: A timeline
Forests are complex
A century of research in Oregon's forests
has provided us many, but not all, answers to difficult
- How many plants and animals are there
in our forests?
- What roles do these plants and animals
have in each forest system?
- How do humans affect these plants
- What potential uses and values
do each plant and animal have, to other plants and animals,
to native cultures, for human medicine or for human food?
Every year, forest research provides
us more complete answers to these and other questions.
Forests are biological legacies of the
plants and animals that evolved with the changes in the
environment over thousands, even millions, of years. They
represent everything we know about native forests, and all
we don't yet know; and, if managed sustainably, we'll have
a chance to find out.
The forests of Oregon today are a biological
legacy of the past.
Oregon's forests look different today
than they did in the past. What are some of the important
historical events in Oregon's past that created today's
forests? What might we expect in the future? Click the timeline
to find out.