Saturday, July 22, 2017

Forestry

The Quinault Rain Forest is one of four rich temperate rain forest canopies that lie within the

west side of Washington's Olympic Mountains. It begins in the Mount Anderson drainage to the east and the Low Divide drainage to the northwest. This majestic forest follows the paths of the North and East Forks of the Quinault River. These forks meander down the valley and merge into one Quinault River, which enters beautiful Lake Quinault. The Quinault Rain Forest completely surrounds Lake Quinault, bringing its unique biological community to the shoreline.

Moisture in the form of rain, drizzle and fog, and a valley open to southwesterly winds ensures the continuation of the life of a temperate rain forest. Feet measure rainfall in the Quinault Rain Forest. There is an average of 10 to 15 feet, (120" - 140" up to 180") of rainfall each year. Moisture is evident everywhere. Clouds, fog and forest growth help keep temperatures moderate all year round. This moisture and moderate temperature ensure plant growth and provides habitat for a wide variety of critters year round.

Big Douglas Firs, Western Red Cedar and Pacific Silver Fir dominate the main forest upper canopy. Adding to this rich dark green are the moisture dependent Sitka Spruce and the Western Hemlock. The forest canopy is open, allowing streams of sunlight to reach the forest floor. These huge conifers along with the Big Leaf Maple and Alder along the river bars promote awe-inspiring first impressions for those visiting the Quinault Rain Forest.