The forest's Genetic Resource and Conservation Center produces plants for reforestation, watershed restoration, wildlife recovery, and other projects. That being said, Fraver did publish tree-ring data in his dissertation. In other words, none of the early successional species that are common in the woods across Maine where forests have been logged repeatedly, or where abandoned farmland has grown up to forest. There are over 180 nesting pairs of, As the third largest National Forest, Chugach covers three unique landscapes: the, In southern California, Cleveland National Forest has a, With 486 mi (782 km) of hiking trails, Colville National Forest has elevations that range up to 7,300 ft (2,200 m) in the, Managed together with Alabama's other National Forests, Conecuh has two areas designated for recreation: Blue Lake and Open Pond. Email Us Or Call: Vickery championed the idea of buying that, arguing that this uncut forest needed a bigger buffer from the managed forestland around it. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said it has decided to exempt the Tongass National Forest, the country's largest national forest, from the so-called roadless rule, protections that ban road construction and timber harvests with limited exceptions. In 1897, the Organic Act provided purposes for which forest reserves could be established, including to protect the forest, secure water supplies, and supply timber. The St. John River, land, and family are essential to their culture.   |   Visit the Articles archive…. Fresh from the Woods Journal. Covering most of southeast Alaska, Tongass is America’s largest national forest and a true wonder to behold. Big Reed feels old, and it’s not just because of the imposing, ancient trees. We were maybe 10 minutes down the trail when Nancy Sferra made the announcement. Vickery was conservation programs director at the time. “I should have brought a diameter tape,” he said. © 2018 by the author; this article may not be copied or reproduced without the author's consent. Piled sometimes in layers. There are no reliable height measurements in Maine available, according to the Monumental Tree index. On the forest land in Maine, there are an estimated 24.0 billion live trees that are at least 1 inch in diameter (Table 1). That’s when it hired Charles Cogbill, an ecologist and expert on the pre-settlement forest in northern New England, to look at the records and “figure out how this could be true – that thousands of acres could have gone uncut and nobody knew about it.”, Nancy Sferra watches as Andy Cutko removes a tree core. The Pingree family knew about it, of course, because they owned the land and had done timber cruises and visited the camps on the shore of the pond, said Barbara Vickery. The Pingree heirs knew the tract was special because of its untouched nature, and had left it that way. The National Park Service calls it “ the year that Maine burned, ” and, according to the Maine Forest Service, it remains the largest forest fire of the state’s modern history. And one of the things she noticed was that the forest had changed. 16 On the Common The virgin forest around it and the blue-backed trout in its depths, however, make it unique. Yarmouth Dutch elms, possibly the tallest trees in Maine once. This includes some 12 million acres in the northern part of Maine where few people live. Fraver found one balsam fir that cored out at 146 years. We were in Big Reed Forest Reserve in northern Maine, a couple of hours by gravel road northwest of Baxter State Park. (This number does not include subalpine dwarf old growth, which for practical reasons have never been harvested.) Historically, the tallest tree in Maine was the eastern white pine. He found a yellow birch with 249 rings, a beech with 210, and an American hophornbeam with 281. Big Reed is about as remote as any place in Maine, psychically and geographically. “Spruces are not hard. Additionally, situated at an elevation of 314 m above sea level, it is also the biggest mountain lake in the eastern United States. Others argue that the term should be applied more broadly to forests with old trees and old-growth characteristics, even if they were harvested 100 or 200 years ago. There was more old growth beyond that, on the north and west sides of the new reserve. Irving Woodlands owns more than 1 million acres and is the state's largest private landowner; the Irving family ranked No. What trees grow in Maine‘s woods? Photo by Joe Rankin. Fresh from the Woods Archives. The fact that the forest had never been cut was itself a reason to protect it. For some shade-tolerant species it’s hard to get an actual age, because it might take decades for them to get to breast height.”. Some people, Sferra noted, might not be all that impressed with Big Reed’s forest. After lunch we took a boat and paddled hard, bucking a stiff headwind across the pond, on the way skirting a huge dead tree lurking just beneath the water’s surface like a woody Loch Ness monster. Contact Us. Cutko peered through the windows of one of the cabins. By mid-October, many small wildfires started and spread out of control. A trail leads to the summit of the mountain, providing panoramic views of Number 5 Bog, Attean Pond, and the nearby 3,315-foot Number 6 Mountain, located in the west end of the preserve. We continued around the pond, again climbing over downed trees through woodland populated by their towering, still-living relatives. The largest National Forest, Tongass spans 500 mi (800 km) in southeast Alaska from the Canada–US border to the, Tuskegee National Forest's Bartram National Recreation Trail was Alabama's first, Uwharrie National Forest borders the eastern side of, Wallowa-Whitman National Forest stretches from the, Ohio's only National Forest, Wayne is located in the, This forest contains 153 mi (246 km) of trails and the, This page was last edited on 3 December 2020, at 10:17. Forest Facts. Welcome to Maine Forestry . The chestnut was discovered last year in a forest in Lovell, near the New Hampshire border. Big trees, widely spaced. There are no traffic sounds. The United States has 154 protected areas known as national forests, covering 188,336,179 … The U.S. Department of Agriculture said it has decided to exempt the Tongass National Forest, the country's largest national forest, from the so-called roadless rule, protections that ban road construction and timber harvests with limited exceptions. Another thing we noticed traipsing around Big Reed is what’s not there. She guided us along with GPS on her iPad, but we could occasionally catch glimpses of the pond on our right. Sustainably managed, private forests provide us wood products, clean air, fresh water, carbon storage, wildlife habitat, and recreation opportunities. She bunked in one of the cabins on the shore of the pond with other team members, putting in 10 days or two weeks at a time before returning to civilization for a few days. The trees are big, but not as big or as ancient as the trees in the Pacific Northwest, where sequoias can reach 300 feet and live for 3,000 years. “That’s surprising to people because the tree (also known as ironwood) never gets very big. We ate lunch at the pond, where the public canoes are stored. The dry, sandy uplands support, The only coastal National Forest on the east coast, Croatan includes. No black cherry. When Cutko was done counting rings, he put the tree’s age somewhere in between, at around 200 years, give or take, since it’s hard to get an exact ring count on a tree that old with just a hand lens. Moosehead Lake is Maine’s largest lake, occupying an area of 305.3 km 2. Maine's diversity of forest types stems from its position in the transition zone between the Eastern Deciduous Forest to our south and the Boreal Forest to our north. Tap, tap, tap. ... Photographs of the Maine Woods. The oldest spruce he cored in Big Reed had 352 rings, the oldest white cedar 329, and the oldest sugar maple 315. Historically, the tallest tree in Maine was the eastern white pine. A few steps had taken us from one type of forest, a young one, to a much older one. Mission and Purpose. “This one is a little better.” He tried a couple, but got mush part way in. The National Park Service supports the Maine Acadian Heritage Council, an association of historical societies, cultural clubs, towns, and museums that work together to support Maine Acadian culture in the St. John Valley. Weyerhaeuser continues to tower over its competitors with 12.4 million acres – more than the next six combined. Located in southern Mississippi, this forest is named for the, The Pioneer Mothers Memorial Forest is 88 acres (36 ha) of, As the largest National Forest outside of Alaska, Humboldt-Toiyabe occupies many of the mountains of Nevada's, Loda Lake National Wildflower Sanctuary is located around a small spring-fed lake in the forest. Sadly, the size and health of the forest have been … And as he will tell you, coring trees not just to get a quick idea of age but to really learn in detail about their history and the history of their environment – dendrochronology, it’s called – is not a simple task. “The scale of some of these natural disturbances included very important lessons. It changed the feel of the forest, she said. In the years since, the chapter has taken on projects in interior Maine that dwarf Big Reed several times over in terms of acreage and cost: as just one example, the 185,000-acre St. John River Forest was a $35 million buy. Support Enforcement & Recovery is the largest company headquartered in Maine based on our database of 10 million resumes. In 1994, Industry represented the largest single land- owner type, with about 59% of the 11.7 million acres of Maine classified as “major owners” (>5000 ac)(Table 4). “I probably have seen more of that preserve than anyone else,” he said matter-of-factly. Maine has 39 commercial tree species. One hemlock Cutko estimated to be 250 years old. Still, these trees are a lot bigger, and a lot older, than those in the rest of the Maine forest. As Cutko turned the corer, we guessed at the tree’s age: Sferra puts it at 280, me at 150. To our right was the pond, to our left another silted in beaver bog. The Significance of Maine’s Forests. Just over a hump we descended into a forest of big cedars and spruces in a miniature valley that looks like something out of The Lord of the Rings. “That’ll take Andy about 10 minutes to core and count,” said Sferra. It is managed together with Mississippi's other National Forests. Maine Forest Owners Receive Biggest Donation in History An organization of small woodland owners in Maine said it has received the largest land donation in its 45-year history. [3][4], As of September 30, 2014, the Forest Service manages a total of 192,922,127 acres (780,728.15 km2), 188,336,179 acres (762,169.48 km2) of which are National Forests. Cutko cored a venerable cedar some 32 to 34 inches in diameter. Mortality and removals are down compared to the 2011 estimates. Old-growth forests are often messy, thanks to a multitude of downed trees, and traversing the property can be difficult. Located in northeastern Mississippi, Tombigbee National Forest covers rolling hills that were abandoned farmland before the forest was established. It has 13,420 employees. The Last Frontier is home to seven of the 10 largest US national park areas in size, with the largest being Wrangell-St. Elias. They’re slow growing and they’re in the understory. Save for the green outhouse of treated OSB. The jagged, and rockbound Atlantic Ocean coastline is a mixture of bay, inlets, sandy beaches and thousands of odd-shaped islands. This series of forest fires, which burned more than 17,188 acres of land across York County and Mount Desert Island, were a result of drought conditions in July of 1947. The other major disturbance was from spruce budworm. wood rooted in healthy forest management fall 2015 Newsletter Sappi, Maine’s Largest Paper Company www.sappimeforestry.com Sappi North America produces more paper and employs more people in No sooner had that been finalized than they negotiated a second purchase of 1,013 acres that brought the total to nearly 5,000 acres, protecting the entirely of the Big Reed Pond watershed. Idaho also has the greatest percent of its land in national forests, with 38.2 percent, followed by Oregon (24.7 percent) and Colorado (20.9 percent). With at least 90% of its land tree-covered, Maine's history and economy are largely based on its forests. They mix with the seemingly endless pine forests, as Maine is 90% forested, and remains one of the world's leading producers of paper. Volk’s wife donated the property to the University of Maine Foundation. The primary disturbance factor, he said, was wind. [3][4], By 1907, President Theodore Roosevelt had more than doubled the forest-reserve acreage, and Congress responded by limiting the president's ability to proclaim new reserves. It’s amazing, when you think about it, that the Big Reed tract of virgin forest has been right here for centuries, but virtually no one has known of it. It wasn’t easy bushwhacking through this forest. Bearded with moss, and in garments green, indistinct in the It required raising $1.1 million, the largest amount the chapter had ever raised for a single purchase by far. Small fires in Portland, Bowdoin and Wells were reported to the Forest Service on October 7. The rest of the old growth is scattered among 82 sites, averaging 20 acres each. The ratio of net growth to removals of growing-stock trees is 1.4:1. And, to learn more about old-growth forest check out maine.gov. ↑ top I had come here because I wanted to see what a true old forest looks like. “Based on the record we reconstructed into the past, there were five major budworm outbreaks and they were all equal in severity,” he said. “Every day there were surprises,” she said. And so they reached out to the Conservancy. “Our basic aim was to map and describe the area as a whole in terms of what kinds of smaller habitats existed, as well as looking for rare plant communities and assessing the overall dynamics of the place.”, In a sense it was standard field biology work, but in Big Reed there were moments where it hit home that this was a different kind of place. The core showed 154 rings. His first visit was memorable, but mainly because it had poured rain. (Fred Bever/Maine Public Radio) This article is more than 1 year old. We left the old cabins behind, curved around Big Reed Pond and headed toward the summit of Big Reed Mountain, an unimpressive hump that Sferra said would offer us no expansive views, but that seemed as good an objective as any. I only cored 33 of them,” he said. “If you treat the core properly what you get is the number of rings at breast height, but you don’t know how long it took to get to that height. Balsam fir were especially vulnerable. Spanning over the northern and eastern two-thirds of the state, Maine’s North Woods comprises around 11 million acres of largely unbroken forestland. Kind of like a believed-to-be-extinct species found along the roadside in a suburban neighborhood. In some instances we weren’t so much hiking as clambering over dead giants, most of them covered in deep layers of cushiony moss and slowly giving themselves back to the earth. About 90 percent of Maine is forested, the highest percentage of any state. A semi-circular insert will then be slipped inside and used to draw out the pencil-sized core. Cutko dropped his pack and pulled out the corer again. But a third purchase never came about. Webinars. You could be walking a fallen tree trunk 12 to 15 feet above the ground,” she said. Fraver admitted that working in Big Reed wasn’t easy, but he said he has fond memories of those years. He found no history of fire, but said that makes sense. It is the largest contiguous piece of old growth east of the Mississippi River and contains two-thirds of New England’s remaining old growth, according to the Sierra Club Guide to the Ancient Forests of the Northeast. If you need forestry assistance, help … I was in the company of Sferra, the stewardship director of the Maine Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, and Andrew Cutko, the chapter’s director of science. Back to tap, tap, tapping. You didn’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to pick out the beaver sign: the forest was studded with beaver-chewed stumps three to four feet tall, the height presumably governed by snow cover when the rodents were gnawing away. The Leuthold Forest Preserve encompasses 16,934 acres of forest land southwest of Jackman, and just south of the Moose River. Maine has its own registry of big trees, which it updates periodically but is considered unreliable. When big spruce became sought after later in the century, it was apparent that getting them out of the Big Reed Pond basin was just too much of a chore: the outlet stream wasn’t big enough to drive logs down. Northern Woodlands assumes no responsibility or liability arising from forum postings and reserves the right to edit all postings. Big Reed Pond’s blue-backed trout, a fish rare in Maine, are the draw. There are no aspens, for instance. Open Daily 9am to 8pm, Sunday 10am to 6pm. When it comes to old-growth forest, there’s debate about what the term actually means. But it is a really special place. So the thousands of contiguous acres at Big Reed truly are unique. The fishery was endangered when someone illegally introduced rainbow smelt into the pond, but the state reclaimed the pond and reintroduced the blue-backs in 2011. Irving’s 1.2 million acres in Maine and 1.9 million acres in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia make it the second-largest owner on the continent. The sale was completed in 1987. It resembles a shiny T-shaped hand auger. Circumference of the tree in inches at 4½ feet above the ground. Girth There are no girth measurements in Maine available yet. In 15 feet of snow, and even in a burly snowcat with an experienced guide like Pete Dostie, it can get exciting. Photographs of the Maine Woods. Photo by Hal Morgan. Number 5 Mountain, at 3,156 feet, looms over the center of the preserve. “It was physically difficult, but despite that I really loved working up there. Mendocino is the only National Forest in California not crossed by a paved highway. [2] The first national forest was established as the Yellowstone Park Timber and Land Reserve on March 30, 1891, then in the Department of the Interior. Expanded its horizons, so to speak. The king of coring trees in Big Reed Pond Preserve has to be Shawn Fraver, who also has probably spent more time there than anyone else. Fraver’s research involved coring trees from 36 research plots representing all the major forest types found at Big Reed. About FMF. Beech bark disease had taken its toll and the big old beeches had come down. Thanks for joining the discussion. This same-yet-different forest was a reminder that everything changes, even places that seem like they should exist out of time. Login. When Vickery saw for herself the hummock and hollow mounds characteristic of old growth, and later flew over the parcel when the leaves were off the trees and looked down to see the forest floor littered with layer upon layer of giant logs, “piled up just like matchsticks,” she quickly realized what an unusual place it was, even if it lacked rare plants and the old growth timber really wasn’t in great condition or “worth that much,” as a forest appraiser noted. Vickery still regrets that. De Soto National Forest contains Mississippi's only wilderness areas: Located in south central Utah, Fishlake National Forest is named for, Francis Marion National Forest is home to 150 mi (240 km) of streams and a variety of wildlife, including the endangered, In western Colorado, Grand Mesa National Forest covers part of, Gunnison National Forest is located in the. This list includes state parks, public reserved lands, and state historic sites in the U.S. state … See the full table or the methodology below. Forest … It’s pretty much of a crapshoot.” He switched trees. Big downed trees. Photo by Joe Rankin, He concluded that Big Reed’s disturbance history was mainly one of small gaps being formed in the canopy and “every so often a pulse of disturbances that might take up to 20 to 30 percent of the canopy.”. To get the most out of the long, slender, fragile cores you have to bring them back to the laboratory, polish and sand them, and examine them under a microscope to determine growth rates, he said. Because 84% of all acres sold in the last 25 years were in Maine, the Maine GIS dataset provides an excellent description of the fate of forest industry landholdings in the region. [A][1][4][5], There is at least one national forest in all but ten states: Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Dakota, and Rhode Island (although Kansas and North Dakota have national grasslands). The United States has 154 protected areas known as national forests, covering 188,336,179 acres (762,169 km2; 294,275 sq mi). Today the bulk of what’s left is spruce and sugar maple with a significant amount of cedar, understory beech, and yellow birch. In fact, forests cover 90% (17.7 million acres) of the state, making Maine the most heavily forested state in the country. Maine has the largest contiguous block of undeveloped forestland east of the Mississippi. Maine Forest Owners Receive Biggest Donation in History An organization of small woodland owners in Maine said it has received the largest land donation in its 45-year history. He began tapping on trees with the handle, sort of like using a knuckle to test watermelons for ripeness. Nez Perce National Forest includes parts of four wilderness areas: Ochoco National Forest contains a variety of odd geological formations, 95,000 acres (38,000 ha) of, Ozark-St. Francis National Forest has more than 400 mi (640 km) of trails, including the, Elevations in Pisgah National Forest reach over 6,000 ft (1,800 m), and there are 46,600 acres (18,900 ha) of, Vegetation in Prescott National Forest ranges from that characteristic of the, Sabine National Forest borders the western side of, Salmon-Challis National Forest includes parts of both the, Part of the Lone Star Trail travels through Sam Houston National Forest, which borders parts of, San Bernardino National Forest includes part of the, Santa Fe National Forest's highest point is, Sawtooth National Forest includes over 1,100 lakes, 1,000 mi (1,600 km) of trails and roads, and ten mountain ranges, with the highest point at 12,009 ft (3,660 m) on, There are 6,278 mi (10,103 km) of streams in the forest, and elevations range from 1,000 ft (300 m) to 14,179 ft (4,322 m) on, As Illinois's only National Forest, Shawnee is located in the southern part of the state and contains seven, Sierra National Forest is located on the western slope of the, Six Rivers National Forest was named for the, Stanislaus National Forest has over 800 mi (1,300 km) of streams and four, Sumter National Forest contains 22 waterfalls with drops ranging from 12 ft (3.7 m) to 150 ft (46 m) and part of the. twilight. It also taught us that the stereotypical image of an old-growth forest of stately cathedral-like trees is more of a myth. It means the heart of the tree is rotten and the corer will only yield sawdust. The management goals provided by the Organic Act were expanded upon by the Multiple-Use Sustained-Yield Act of 1960 to include "outdoor recreation, range, timber, watershed, and wildlife and fish purposes" as well as for the establishment of wilderness areas. There weren’t a lot of huge pine, the highest-value trees in the mid-1800s, on the site. North central, deep water lakes, remnants of the last Ice Age, cover the land. Home. The, Kisatchie is Louisiana's only National Forest, covering, Straddling the California-Oregon border, this forest has part of five, Land Between The Lakes National Recreation area is located in Western, Located in north-central Montana, this forest includes seven mountain ranges and large portions of the, With portions of four mountain ranges, the, Missouri's only National Forest, Mark Twain contains seven. The forest was once part of an artist colony, Hewnoaks, founded by artist Douglas Volk (1856-1935) and his wife. It made for long, tiring days, “especially if you wanted to get to more remote parts of the preserve,” Widoff said. The trek took us through several old beaver bogs, wet and, well, boggy. Alaska has the most national forest land, with 21.9 million acres (8.9 million ha), followed by California (20.8 million acres, 8.4 million ha) and Idaho (20.4 million acres, 8.3 million ha). | Terms of Service | Privacy PolicySite by eBree Design, Big Reed Forest Reserve: A Place Out of Time. Maine has the largest contiguous block of undeveloped forestland east of the Mississippi. more than the size of Sri Lanka. The murmuring pines and the The big firs, and many big spruces, were probably lost in the 1916-1921 budworm outbreak. Maine was once home to the largest Dutch elm tree, nicknamed Herbie. In 1947, the State of Maine suffered its largest forest fire disaster in modern history. Cutko said he’s cored Big Reed spruce at 300 years, “but they’re rare.” By comparison, the average age for a red spruce in the rest of Maine today is probably around 60 years, he said. Maine Woodland Owners announced the completion of the largest land donation in the group’s history on March 30, a gift of more than 2,000 acres in New Gloucester by the Chandler family. You can nominate a tree to be listed on Maine’s Register of Big Trees. Rampant forest clearing in the 19th century has made virgin forests (forests that were never logged) so sparse that not even all forest communities are represented in such a way anymore. So they remained untouched for years. There are no how-to-get-there instructions on the chapter’s website. Tweet. It had been a long while. The winds could be from microbursts. The most forested state by far is Maine at 89% forest coverage, whereas the home to the largest national park in the US is Alaska. The trail follows traditional travel routes used by Native American, settlers and guides. Cogbill researched the tract’s history and spent time on site, ultimately concluding that “without evidence to the contrary, the old-growth nature of this area cannot be denied.” Once they got Cogbill’s report, Conservancy staffers “became a lot more confident” that not only was it true, but it was important, even though there were no rare habitats or rare species there, she said. The word 'Adirondack' is thought to be a derogatory term given to the Algonquin tribe by neighboring Mohawk, meaning "barkeaters." Sferra seemed fine with the condition of the camps, documenting a couple of things with her iPad’s camera. Age In this table of age estimates and measurements in Maine are shown. Because 84% of all acres sold in the last 25 years were in Maine, the Maine GIS dataset provides an excellent description of the fate of forest industry landholdings in the region. The trees are big, but not as big or as ancient as the trees in the Pacific Northwest, where sequoias can reach 300 feet and live for 3,000 years. Photo by Joe Rankin. It wasn’t so long ago that the forests of Maine, and the entire eastern United States, looked something like this. At the time, said Vickery, the chapter was focused on identifying and protecting important habitat for rare species or exemplary natural communities. The pond itself is 96 acres, unremarkable, really, and virtually indistinguishable from a zillion other ponds in Maine. “We’re now officially in old growth.”. The American Forests Champion Trees national register contains the largest known trees of nearly 600 species found in the U.S. There are purists who say that only forests like Big Reed’s, which have never been harvested, qualify. Big Reed’s trees escaped the ax and, later, the chainsaw, more through accidents of timing and geography than through any intentional preservation, said Sferra. Most preserves were smaller and on or near the coast, especially islands. The view from the peak of Coburn Mountain in western Maine. She remembers talking with the first Conservancy staff to visit Big Reed. Vickery believes the Big Reed project not only allowed the Conservancy to become the owner of the largest tract of old growth forest in the east, but also changed how it viewed conservation in Maine. What's In Your Woods. That purchase was completed in 1990; the price: $287,000. “Primarily summer thunderstorms, not winter windstorms,” he said. They would marvel over the little sheltered spots, microhabitats where the soils were richer trip back across the pond was literally a breeze – thanks to the brisk tailwind. By the purist metric, Big Reed constitutes 75 percent of the old-growth forest in Maine. It’s not maintained, and we were constantly clambering over or skirting fallen trees to pick up the rough path on the other side. In southwestern North Carolina, this forest includes the Nantahala Gorge and. The Significance of Maine’s Forests. With the Transfer Act of 1905, forest reserves became part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the newly created U.S. Forest Service. Largest Selection of Beer, Wine & Spirits in Maine. Sferra needed to make a periodic inspection of the two rustic pond-side cabins the Conservancy leases to a sporting lodge; Cutko simply wanted to visit the reserve again. Facebook Twitter YouTube Instagram. Lissa Widoff was a field biologist in her 20s when she came to Big Reed Pond in the 1980s to organize field teams doing an assessment in advance of a possible purchase by The Nature Conservancy. Located where the southeastern pine forests meet the blackland prairies of central Texas, Davy Crockett National Forest's Big Slough Wilderness consists primarily hardwood forest. Bow Street Beverage specializes in world class wines, craft beers from near and far, & leading spirits brands. 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