June 3, 2011
The Wind River Canopy Crane fell silent May 27, after 16 years of ferrying scientists into the forest canopy.
WIND RIVER EXPERIMENTAL FOREST — Suspended from the arm of a construction crane in a bright yellow gondola, to which we are securely attached with climbing harnesses, we rise swiftly from the ground, leaving the dark, moist forest floor behind. “‘We’re down here in a nice, cool, verdant forest,” says Ken Bible, a University of Washington forester and site director at the Wind River Canopy Crane, who is serving as our tour guide. “As we ascend, the environment will change. You’ll see the change almost immediately. And everyone gets a window seat.”