The heritage of Michigan’s old growth forests is preserved like an ancient insect in amber in one magnificent last stand at Hartwick Pines state park. Detroit has been the Motor City for 100 years now, and Michigan has become famous for auto assembly lines. But, before Henry Ford was tinkering in his garage, lumber was Michigan’s great industry. The vast forest primeval was clear cut to a desert of stumps to the sounds of saw and ax, and towns across America’s Midwest sprang up, built of Michigan wood. Purely by chance, these trees at Hartwick Pines escaped logging. Some have stood since before Detroit was a French fort–300 and more years ago.
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