Pine thoughts

  • Article by: JIM GILBERT
  • Updated: February 10, 2012 - 12:32 AM

The scented air of tall pines are the symbols of the North Woods. Most of central and northern part of Minnesota was at one time home to majestic white pines and red pines, many of them more than 200 feet tall.

The magnitude of clearing that took place throughout much of the Upper Midwest between the mid-1800s and 1930 is hard to imagine. The few remaining tall stands of white and red pines are an accident: They were somehow missed by the lumber barons or saved by concerned and caring citizens.

In Minnesota, only 15,000 acres remain of the original old-growth pine forest. That's less than 1 percent of the formerly vast forest that took hundreds of years to grow.

JIM GILBERT

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