Ecology and Nature

Wild Flowers on the Discovery Trail

Wild Flowers on the Discovery Trail

The clear-cutting of the White Mountain forests in the late 1800s and early 1900s led to increased study on the effects of man on all aspects of the environment.  Indiscriminate logging by timber barons disrupted natural life cycles; it led to polluted and diminished rivers and streams, loss of wildlife habitat and long-term harm to otherwise renewable forest resources.  Today, the US Forest Service manages the White Mountain National Forest to balance commercial and recreational activities with the long term health of all forest resources. The forces of nature and man’s interaction with them are on display at sites marked with this icon.

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