QUIMPER LOST WILDERNESS
A lost wilderness of old-growth forest on the Quimper Peninsula has been found—but it could be lost forever.
In the fall of 2019, scientists from the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) completed a study of trees that have grown for centuries in the rainshadow of the Olympic Mountains. After several months of rigorous data collection and analysis, the scientists determined that the stand meets the state's official definition of old-growth. Because of this study, DNR decided to defer the stand from harvest. The task now is to preserve the old-growth trees and a surrounding buffer in perpetuity. Ensuring that future generations inherit this living museum will leave a conservation legacy of lasting consequence.