Lower on the hillside in soils deposited by glaciers, stand aspen and birch groves. In moist valley bottoms lie black spruce bogs, ash swales or beaver pond wetlands of alders and willows. This eve-changing patchwork of boreal forest vegetation is found throughout Voyageurs National Forest, a pattern seen by voyageurs canoeing on the waterways over 200 years ago.
Today's forest is younger. The huge white, red and jack pines of the virgin forest were cut with handsaws between 1890 and 1930. Walking through the forest you can still find logging roads where teams of horses hauled the logs to the water's edge. Given time and the protection of a natural park, the majestic pines will grow, the logging roads will disappear and the patchwork pattern of the boreal forest will return.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Environment • Horticulture & Forestry
Location. 48° 24.46′ N, 92° 50.431′ W. Marker is near Orr, Minnesota, in Saint Louis County. Marker can be reached from Mead Wood Road, 0.7 miles north of Ash River Trail, on the right when traveling north. Located at the Voyageurs Forest Overlook and Trailhead. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9416 Mead Wood Rd, Orr MN 55771, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 23, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 12, 2020, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 96 times since then and 12 times this year. Last updated on August 14, 2020, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 12, 2020, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.
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