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Pine Island State Forest

 

Forest Landscape: Pine Island State Forest consists of level terrain with swamp and bog areas, remnants of the ancient glacial Lake Agassiz. Glacial deposits of sandy loam created islands in the lowlands that originally were covered with stands of pine and from which the state forest derived its name.

Management Activities: Vast stands of white cedar and pine attracted big timber companies and loggers into the region in the early 1900s. Today, the forest is composed of spruce, tamarack, and cedar on the lowlands, with aspen, balsam fire, and pine in the uplands. Timber harvesting, reforestation, wildlife habitat improvement, and recreational development occur in the forest. The DNR also protects the forest and surrounding areas from wildfires.

Acres: 878,040

Year Estab: 1933

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