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You'll need the latest version of QuickTime (available free) to see these panoramic movies.

Above is a 360 degree panorama of a thinned, even-aged stand in the eastern foothills of the Coast Range, close to Corvallis, Oregon. This stand is in transition; planted and grown for twenty years as an even-aged second-growth stand, forest managers decided to thin the trees substantially. Such thinning is expected to speed up the development of stand characteristics that we associate with old-growth forests. Managers plan to maintain this stand as uneven-aged, with two different ages of trees at any one time, from now on.

Move your cursor onto the center of the picture, click down and hold it, then drag your icon left or right, up or down. You can spin around in the forest! Be sure to look at the "uneven-age" characteristics: different-sized trees, a multiple-layer tree canopy, a few standing snags, decaying wood, and stumps where trees have been cut.