Signs of deforestation are apparent everywhere in the area. In fact, the western side of the mountain-the side that everyone sees from Hwy. 97-actually had it's forested slopes cut down during WWII to make coffins for the dead soldiers whose bodies were returned to the U.S.
"As an adolescent I aspired to lasting fame, I craved factual certainty, and I thirsted for a meaningful vision of human life - so I became a scientist. This is like becoming an archbishop so you can meet girls."