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11/19/2020 01:26PM
 
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TominMpls
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11/19/2020 02:02PM
That's pretty cool. Having done a lot of trail clearing on the Pow Wow Trail I might have guessed that the biggest jackpine in America was growing in the middle of the trail tread, but I guess those are a bit smaller still.
 
inspector13
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11/19/2020 02:14PM

I was going to make a joke about circumference; but never mind.

 
andym
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11/19/2020 02:20PM
Amazing. I love little jack pines and hadn't realized how large they can get.
 
Grandma L
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11/19/2020 02:21PM
Hey Linden, thanks for posting - pretty cool!
 
JWilder
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11/19/2020 03:01PM
Thank you for sharing. News and information I actually love to read about!

J
 
h20
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11/19/2020 03:31PM
how about that Banksiana?
 
BearBurrito
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11/19/2020 04:52PM
That's very cool. Thanks for sharing it.
 
jillpine
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11/19/2020 06:58PM
What a toughy!
 
tumblehome
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11/19/2020 07:12PM
That’s awesome!

I’m betting the largest Aspen is up there too. If people left some forests alone, trees can grow to immense size.

I have found staggering humongous Ash and birch trees up there too. There is a grove of trees off of Knife lake that has trees of immense size. Like a forgotten forest from the prehistoric era.

Thanks for posting the link!
Tom
 
Portage99
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11/19/2020 08:40PM
That's a great find. Thank you for posting.
 
thegildedgopher
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11/20/2020 08:47AM
Thanks for sharing! Another one to send to my tree-hugging 14yo. :)
 
airmorse
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11/20/2020 08:56AM
tumblehome: "That’s awesome!


I’m betting the largest Aspen is up there too. If people left some forests alone, trees can grow to immense size.


I have found staggering humongous Ash and birch trees up there too. There is a grove of trees off of Knife lake that has trees of immense size. Like a forgotten forest from the prehistoric era.


Thanks for posting the link!
Tom"


I would be very interested in learning the location of those trees off of Knife Lake.
 
Savage Voyageur
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11/20/2020 09:52AM
That’s really cool to hear about. Too bad it’s so far from anywhere to see. But that’s probably the reason it’s still there.
 
11/21/2020 07:30AM
This is cool! Also the first time I was made aware that there are National Champion Trees with a scoring system to boot!
 
tumblehome
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11/21/2020 02:34PM
@airmorse.

I’ll have to look at my map. I was bushwhacking between lakes from Quetico into the US side. It was in a low spot very close to the lake. If I remember to pull out my maps I’ll report back.

Oddly, I have found several spots like this not far off a lake. There are many humongous trees back there if you venture away from shore.

I know another spot on Balk Eagle Lke in the BWCA of all places that has a grove of very giant cedars, birch, and ash trees. For whatever reason it appears the logging company skipped over a spot in the woods. Ash and cedar often grow together since they like wet soil. The spot on Bald Eagle is like being in Alice in Wonderland. This spot I won’t share but it’s easy to get to. Once again, bushwhacking get us to many amazing places. Sometimes just a few minutes walk. There are just hundreds of locations like this all over the wilderness.

This is also a beef of mine when forest managers tell us we must log forests to ‘protect’ them. That is complete hogwash. Forests have done a fantastic job at taking care of themselves. Humans mucked it all up. Many forest now do have to be managed since we failed to allow them to produce diverse species of trees. A thousand acres of aspen or balsam is not a forest. It’s a fire of disease outbreak waiting to happen.

Tom
 
11/21/2020 04:17PM
Big Birches 2+ feet DBH/ Diameter Breast Height.

On the east side of Divide Lake there is a small grove of monoculture Birch trees 2 feet plus across if I remember correctly. Divide Lake is 5 ish miles east of Isabella off FR 172/Wanless rd. The grove is on the south side of the road about 1/2 mile walk from the road. There is a hiking trail all around the lake and it goes right through Birch grove. You can park your vehicle off the road and be right at the trail. It is not marked real well on this end.

Open up the map, put it in satellite mode. I think the grove east of the large point on the south side of the lake
 
11/21/2020 04:56PM
For whatever reason it appears the logging company skipped over a spot in the woods."

I just learned about The Lost 40 from a Phyllis Root kids book -- 40 acres of old-growth pine forest that was never logged due to a surveying error. It's about 2 hours west of Ely. I'm hoping we can fold that into one of our trips in the next year or two.

https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/snas/detail.html?id=sna01063
 
tumblehome
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11/22/2020 06:47AM
prettypaddle: "For whatever reason it appears the logging company skipped over a spot in the woods."


I just learned about The Lost 40 from a Phyllis Root kids book -- 40 acres of old-growth pine forest that was never logged due to a surveying error. It's about 2 hours west of Ely. I'm hoping we can fold that into one of our trips in the next year or two.


https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/snas/detail.html?id=sna01063 "


Ah yes, the lost forty. It's NW of Grand Rapids. My wife and I did a day trip there some time ago in the car. It's really worth the drive to see. It's a chance to see what all of northern MN forests looked like before colonial settlers. Manifest destiny!!
 
11/22/2020 07:56AM
I always look at rural homes in much of north Central Minnesota and you see these large White and Red Pine still standing left behind from the logging days because they were in a persons yard by the house or farm. They may be the only pines you will see for many miles.
 
Savage Voyageur
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11/22/2020 08:18AM
prettypaddle: "For whatever reason it appears the logging company skipped over a spot in the woods."


I just learned about The Lost 40 from a Phyllis Root kids book -- 40 acres of old-growth pine forest that was never logged due to a surveying error. It's about 2 hours west of Ely. I'm hoping we can fold that into one of our trips in the next year or two.


https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/snas/detail.html?id=sna01063 "


We went there last year. It is virtually in the middle of nowhere up there. There are walking paths that wind through the trees. Some trees it takes three people to reach around. The trees reach to the sky a hundred feet or more. Well worth the trip there, plan to spend the day if you go, but you can visit it in an hour if time is limited.
 
11/23/2020 04:42PM
Cool story!
 
Swampturtle
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11/24/2020 08:25PM
Thanks Lindentree, cool article.
Old MN forestry maps give clues to the areas not logged, burned or blown down in the last 100 years. 230-240 years old is most impressive with regards to the lost 40 & I enjoyed the nice little drone video. Here there be giants, watching over time itself as a living microcosm.
 
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