While visiting my grandparent’s lake cabin in Minnesota, I stumbled upon a strange fact—redwoods aren’t the only trees who have fought a hard battle against the woodsmen’s axe, despite what living in Santa Cruz for a couple of years will have you believe. Red and white pines used to make up about a third of Minnesota’s forests prior to the late 1880s. Today, less than two percent remain. This National Forest, accurately named The Lost Forty, consists of 40 acres of old-growth red and white pine. The only reason they stay rooted here today is because the loggers made a mistake on their maps, marking this area as underwater.
Thank you, careless loggers.