Forests, dark rain forests with towering conifers, are the epitome of Pacific Northwest icons (well that is after salmon). Here, hemlock, fir, cedar, yew, even pine populate the forests along with deciduous hardwoods like big leaf maple, vine maple, and red alder. Our forests have been the source of income/wealth, the bed of controversy (owls vs loggers), but really they are foremost the root of our cultural heritage and the foundation of a unique habitat that’s home to many unique and fascinating species of plants (Pacific yew, mosses, mushrooms) and animals (spotted owls, marbled murrelets, red voles, slugs). But as the wind blows and tides flow logs and timber roll into waterways and then onto our beaches. On some beaches they stack up like cars on a LA freeway and continue their legacy providing life to those creatures committed to decomposition.