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Forest History Driving Tour
May 4 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm$30 – $45
Thursday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Join us as we travel from eastern Iron County to the old growth forest surrounding Star Lake to explore both historic and modern forestry sites surrounding the Northern Highland American Legion Forest. By the late 19th century, Wisconsin’s leaders wished to create a state park or forest reserve in Iron, Vilas, Oneida and Forest counties to serve generations of residents and visitors. During our travels, we will visit several early sites, including ranger stations, watch towers, Civilian Conservation Corps camps, state nurseries, a ranger cabin, forest fires, Youth Conservation Corps camps and more. Some historic logging sites will be viewed as well. Importantly, we will also explore modern forest practices that illustrate the long-term commitment to sustainable forests in Wisconsin.
Participants need to bring a lunch, water and shoes suitable for short hikes on uneven ground. Some paths may have fallen logs to step over. Hiking will be moderate to light.
Space is limited, so please register early; $45 ($30 for members of the NLDC or MWHS). Register at the North Lakeland Discovery Center (www.discoverycenter.net). For more information, contact the NLDC (715-543-2085 or at [email protected]).