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Near Wausaukee in Marinette County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Marinette County Forests

 
 
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By Jenn Wintermantel, August 14, 2014
1. Marinette County Forests Marker
Inscription. Originally covered by magnificent stands of forests, the northern two-thirds of the county consisted of cutover lands which attracted farmers from the corn belt during World War I. Wartime prosperity and settlement were followed by agricultural depression and farm abandonment during the 1920's, creating a crisis for Marinette County government. In 1928, six of the 18 county towns could not pay their highway assessments and because of sparse settlement, Marinette County pupil costs were 40% higher than the state average. The county had less than 2% marketable timber left, although three-quarters of the county's industry was dependent on wood. In 1930, the county registered 14,000 acres as non-taxable forest land, and in 1933 established a county forest and began reforestation. The county forest has grown to 227,000 acres, and includes many parks and campgrounds on its rivers, reservoirs and lakes. During the first 30 years, 1930-1960, the county grossed $1,000,000 in timber sales; in the year 1986 alone, the county grossed $1,000,000 in timber sales. The forest has matured.
 
Erected by Marinette County.
 
Location. 45° 25.34′ N, 87° 58.739′ W. Marker is near Wausaukee, Wisconsin, in Marinette County. Marker is on
Marinette County Forests Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jenn Wintermantel, August 14, 2014
2. Marinette County Forests Marker
U.S. 141 0.1 miles south of Finnel Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located in a southbound wayside. Marker is in this post office area: Wausaukee WI 54177, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Cool North Woods (approx. 11.6 miles away).
 
Categories. AgricultureHorticulture & ForestrySettlements & SettlersWar, World I
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 14, 2014, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 259 times since then and 23 times this year. Last updated on August 15, 2014, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 14, 2014, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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