F A V O R I T E   F O R E S T S

During my travels I only profiled 5 forests. Why? Well, there seemed to be far more National Parks than National Forests. Or maybe I just had "National Parks" on the brain, having heard so many good things in the past about so many of them.

National Parks versus National Forests, Park Ranger versus Forest Ranger. So, what's the difference? After a little investigation, I found out there is quite a big difference. National Parks are all about preservation. Their primary goal is to ensure their charges are "unimpaired for future generations". On the other hand, National Forests operate under much looser regulations, and are managed under a "multiple use" directive. So, in addition to desires of preservation, National Forests allow such things as cattle grazing, mining, timber cutting, hunting, pets, and recreational activities, with and without motorized vehicles.

So, what do you prefer? Parks or forests? Your choice will give you a little insight on what makes you tick. For me, it's parks all the way!

In any event, here is my terse list of forest favorites.

Gunnison
National Forest
Los Padres
National Forest

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Korean War Veterans Memorial, Washington, DC
Grand Tetons, WY
Ready to roll!
Chinese Grauman Theater, Hollywood, CA
Fortynine Palms Oasis, Joshua Tree National Monument, CA
Somewhere in Southwest Utah
A Syncline Thrust Fault, Bighorn National Forest, WY
Hope Diamond, National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC
Catholic Adobe Church, Taos, NM
Pilfered Wheels, Pacific Beach, CA
Sunset near Burlington, VT
Somewhere in Central Utah
Mount Rushmore, Keystone, SD
South Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon, AZ