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Near Garrison in McLean County, North Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Wildlife Area Evolves From Coal Mine

 
 
Wildlife Area Evolves From Coal Mine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Connor Olson, March 1, 2020
1. Wildlife Area Evolves From Coal Mine Marker
Inscription.  The transition from a working coal mine to today's Custer Mine Wildlife Management Area took place over many years. While the coal mine was still in operation, local residents started planting trees on the mine spoil banks. The trees were provided by the ND Game and Fish Department and the West McLean Soil Conservation District.
These tree planting "bees” were initiated by the Garrison Sportsman's Club in May of 1949. Youth organizations such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H, and school groups helped with the plantings, usually on Sunday afternoons.

From toddlers to elderly, they came with a spade or a shovel or a bucket. An older person would dig a hole, a youngster would pull a tiny tree out of the bucket, place it in the hole, cover it with dirt, tamp it down and move six feet or so and repeat.
The work was fun for both young and old even though the banks were steep and the footing precarious. The pay for the day was a bottle of pop furnished by the Garrison business people.
Through cooperative efforts, Custer Mine became Custer Mine Wildlife Management Area on November 9, 1984, when Consolidation

Trees hand-planted on spoil banks image. Click for full size.
By Connor Olson, March 1, 2020
2. Trees hand-planted on spoil banks
Coal Company deeded the land to the ND Game and Fish Department.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkFraternal or Sororal OrganizationsHorticulture & ForestryIndustry & Commerce.
 
Location. 47° 38.758′ N, 101° 17.782′ W. Marker is near Garrison, North Dakota, in McLean County. Marker is on State Highway 37 near Federal Highway 83, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Garrison ND 58540, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Custer Coal Mine (here, next to this marker); Land of Strange Disappearances (here, next to this marker).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 10, 2021, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 32 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 10, 2021, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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Mar. 6, 2021