[Vision2020] Idaho's massive checkerboard forest seen from the Space Station
kmmos1 at frontier.com
Tue Feb 7 00:31:29 PST 2017
Idaho's massive checkerboard forest seen from the Space Station
/ David Pescovitz <http://boingboing.net/author/david_pescovitz> / 10:33
am Mon Feb 6, 2017
The squares in this landscape checkerboard appear to be the result
of forest management. Similar patterns originated in the 1800s, when
alternate parcels of land were granted by the U.S. government to
railroads such as the Northern Pacific. Many parcels in the Pacific
Northwest were later sold off and harvested for timber.
The land shown here is now managed for wildlife and for timber
harvesting. The white patches reflect areas with younger, smaller trees,
where winter snow cover shows up brightly to the astronauts. Dark
green-brown squares are parcels of denser, intact forest. The
checkerboard is used as a method of maintaining the sustainability of
forested tracts while still enabling a harvest of trees.
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