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Takhlakh Lake, Washington, 1989

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Labor Day vacationers enjoy Takhlakh Lake as a cloud-covered Mount Adams towers in the background.

Great forests once covered much of the United States. By the mid-20th century almost all virgin forest had been cut from private lands in the conterminous U.S. Citizen debate now centers on when and where to slow or stop logging on public lands.

(Text adapted from and photograph shot on assignment for, but not published in, "Old Growth Forests: Will We Save Our Own?," September 1990, National Geographic magazine)

Photograph by James P. Blair

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