Pine thoughts

  • Article by: JIM GILBERT
  • Updated: February 10, 2012 - 12:32 AM
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tmbrcruiserFeb. 14, 12 9:05 AM

Mr Gilbert, interesting missive albeit quite brief. I often feel the same way about our prairies, but I always remind myself that those generations had a country to build and two world wars to win. At least in the case of our forests, a goodly share of that ground was eventually returned to forest. There may only be 15,000 acres of original old growth left but there are several million acres of forest land in this state. Certainly the pulpwood industry maintains a portion of it in much younger forest but that provides the present cadre of game species our hunters are so enamored with. When I was a kid I remember listening to stories told by "the old engineer", who had been a train driver for the Virginia Rainy Lake Co. He told me that there were no deer in the country in those days but it was common to stop his train to let herds of woodland caribou cross the tracks. I wished I could have seen some of the things he saw. Times change and our forests have changed, but we still have some of the largest unbroken tracts of forest land in the country right here in our backyard.

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