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Humans and Nature

I didn't set out to document the impacts of human actions on natural ecosystems, but the effects were too dramatic to ignore. Most, but not all, of the images are of destructive changes; I found the wholesale logging of ancient forests particularly shocking. Wilderness is particular to a place, but the problems are globel: glaciers in Alaska are melting because of cars in California and coal-fired plants in Florida.

Please go to the Friends of Douglas Fir National Monument page to find out about a new initiative to preserve and honor Pacific Northwest forests, or go to Old-growth Douglas-fir Forests to see images of these ancient forests.

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Air Pollution
(multiple photos)

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Alaska pipeline

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Glacial retreat
(multiple photos)

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Please don't call it Forestry
Part 1: Clearcuts
(multiple photos)

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Please don't call it Forestry
Part 2: The Timber Industry
(multiple photos)

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Forest Fires and Burned Forest
(multiple photos)

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Beetle damage to pine trees

 

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Christmas tree farm
(two photos)


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Oakland fire

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Dumps
(multiple photos)

 

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Pit mine
(multiple photos)

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Ghost town

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Oil on wet pavement
(two photos)

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Rivers and Marshes
(multiple photos)

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Dams and Aquaducts
(multiple photos)

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A California plant that may
now be extinct in the wild,
Franciscan manzanaita
(Arctostaphylos franciscana)

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Farming and Ranching
(multiple photos)

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Eroded hillside

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Fish farming
(two photos)

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Shipping cranes

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Border town

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Animals and People
(multiple photos)

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Abandoned mine tunnel

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Chemical plants, Wyoming
(2 photos)

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