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Friday, April 29, 2011

CCC in Ann Arbor

During the Great Depression the Civilian Conservation Corps planted something on the order of three BILLION trees. Drive up north on 23 or 127, or tour through the Upper Peninsula, and you'll see plenty of evidence of their activities.

The young volunteers were busy in Ann Arbor as well. Drive down Woodlea Dr off Wagner Rd in Ann Arbor, and you'll see skinny 90'-tall red pines arranged in neat rows. Was there ever a local market for softwood pulp?

Red pines rarely thrive this far south, but these are growing in pure sand, and the property owner tells me the snow remains two weeks later here than elsewhere in Ann Arbor -- apparently a quite suitable localized habitat. Sure feels like the U.P.

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