The Daily Globe - Serving Gogebic, Iron and Ontonagon Counties

ICORE explores old-growth forest

 

January 12, 2019

Richard Jenkins/Daily Globe

GAIL ONDRESKY, from left, Marsha Fairfield and Gregg Jennings are among those wrapping their arms around an old-growth white pine tree Friday during an ICORE hike near Mercer.

By RICHARD JENKINS

rjenkins@yourdailyglobe.com

MERCER, Wis. - A group of hikers got a chance to see some of Wisconsin's remaining old-growth timber Friday as the Iron County Outdoor Recreation Enthusiasts organized a hike into a stand of remnant old-growth white pines near Mercer.

Local naturalist John Bates led around 30 snowshoers and hikers to the small stand of timber mixed with other, younger trees off County J, roughly four miles from U.S. 51.

Bates told the Daily Globe the definition of old-growth is complex and varies by species of tree.

"What I'm looking at for an old-growth pine i...



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