Near Mitchell in Wheeler County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
Deciphering the Forest
Fossils indicate that some type of trees changed little during the Age of Mammals. From that evidence and comparisons to modern trees and their settings, we have learned a great deal about past ecosystems and climates.
About thirty million years ago there was a period of significant global change. As the air cooled and the seasons became more pronounced, the earlier near-tropical plants of the area retreated southward. Many hardwoods and conifers replaced them, as did a whole new set of forest creatures.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 44° 38.992′ N, 120° 16′ W. Marker is near Mitchell, Oregon, in Wheeler County. Marker can be reached from Bear Creek Road 1.2 miles west of Bridge Creek - Burnt Ranch Road. Touch for map. Marker is located in the Painted Hills Unit of John Day Fossil Beds National Monument at the end of the road to the Painted
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Matter of Survival (here, next to this marker); Pieces of the Puzzle (here, next to this marker); Painted Hills Overlook (here, next to this marker); Who was John Day? (here, next to this marker); Fossils on the Frontier (approx. 0.8 miles away); Look Below the Surface (approx. 0.8 miles away).
Also see . . . Painted Hills. From the Mitchell, Oregon website. (Submitted on February 12, 2014.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 12, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 343 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 12, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.