After the closure of the sawmill in 1951 some of the lands were handpicked by the higher ups and friends. Most of the land, however, is now part of the Hiawatha National Forest, nestled in the center of the Upper Peninsula. Today there is a great active logging plan on the forest.
These maps are not only a true piece of Americana but they also give a good picture of how the foresters would layout their logging camps, railroad grades, stagecoach roads and dams for river drives back in the day. Some of the maps depict “old” camps, these were camps from the first sawmill, early 1850’s. Each map has a general write up of the section telling about the timber type and general terrain and logging chance. With this write up comes a detailed timber cruise by 40. All of the maps are colored in by timber types. Along with the general write up of the section comes many old terms not used anymore which makes the reading quite fun and interesting.
Have questions or want assistance in determining the best forestry strategies for your land? Contact our forestry services team or call Charlie at 800-352-1438. We can help you design plans that meet your goals and have the best interest of your forest in mind.