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
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