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The Vanishing Forest of Mt Washington Summer 2008

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Michael Hatten on January 24, 2010

I've been going through all my images over the past month and I finally found a fairly recient image of Mt Washington and the dying forest on it's flanks this Shot was taken 8/4/2007 about a year after the previous image. It's amazing how much is lost and just how fast!


Puna on January 25, 2010

Hello Micheal This is a very sad to see what is happening to our Planet.I trust that something is done to restore the forest.

Michael Hatten on January 25, 2010

Hello Puna,

The area is pretty huge. I would say about 10-12 square miles (16 square km) of trees are distroyed.

The area is within a wilderness area with limited road access. (Trails maybe.)Alot of this area is 60% lava rock 40% soil so planting would be very hard. Not to mention some of these stands of dead timber would have to be removed. and the wood would be no good for commercial useage.

In my estimation it might be better to just let nature take it course from here. It took 100's of years to grow this forest. I think that it will be that or longer for regrowth..


petrelpiotr on January 25, 2010

Amazing landscape. It makes a powerful impression. Well done. Congratulations, Peter.

Michael Hatten on January 27, 2010

Thanks Peter!

It just goes to show than man can have a drastic affect on climate. Good intentions or not.


Marcin Ma on February 7, 2010

Fantastic landscape shot!


luis serichol on February 8, 2010

Estupenda foto y paisaje espectacular. Saludos.


Martin Ma on June 17, 2010

Wonderful Picture of this Landscape!


Greetings martin

BOGDAN de Varsovie on August 18, 2012

This is a very nice picture. LIKE 4. Best Regards.


ScotchHeather on August 5

Michael - wonderful photo, in spite of the devastation. What has caused it? Man-made or natural causes? L&F, Heather.

Michael Hatten on August 6

Hello Heather. The area in the foreground is Lava rock formed from the Little Belknapp crater about 2000 years ago. the tree line up to MT Washington in the Background was a full and healthy forest up till around 2006. As for man made or natural. More like Man assisted by weakening the forest and the Western Bark Beatle finished it off.

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