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Impressions of the Taiga
There’s an old adage about ‘not being able to see the forest for the trees’. The notion is that if one is too absorbed with the details, then he/she loses sight of the bigger picture. The idea might apply with most forests, but it doesn’t work when you talk about the Alaskan Taiga – Alaska’s Boreal Forest.
For most people, their first encounter with this Alaskan eco-region will be after they cross the Alaska range, coming from the south, and begin to encounter the vast plains of interior Alaska. Most likely, you will either be driving up one of Alaska’s highways towards Fairbanks, riding the Alaskan Railroad from Anchorage or Seward, or maybe flying into Fairbanks from Anchorage or some other point further south. After the dense forests of Alaska’s coastal rain forests, the scraggly forests of the Taiga make a singular impression – this is simply a different kind of forest.
Random pages from The Alaskan Boreal Interior