The Ancient Forest In Wisconsin That’s Right Out Of A Storybook

The logging industry was a very big part of Wisconsin’s history. Because of how widespread it was, there are few “virgin” or old-growth forests left anywhere in the country, much less in Wisconsin.

According to the October 2004 issue of the Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine, “Surveys conclude that only about one percent of Wisconsin’s old-growth forests remain in tact. According to a 1995 study by the U.S. Department of Interior’s National Biological Service, less than five percent of the lower 48 states’ original old-growth forests remain.

But deep in the north-central part of the state, in the Chequmegon-Nicolet National Forest, there is a bit of state natural area that has been protected and contains some of the oldest trees you’ll find. They seem to stretch up forever, creating an ethereal, storybook quality to the forest.

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Cathedral Pines State Natural Area is located at Brook Rd, Townsend, WI 54175.

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