The lake states' lumber tree Anyone who has spent time hiking the northern shores of Lake Superior and Lake Huron or in Michigan's Upper Peninsula finds memorable the vast stands of pine. Much of the spectacular scene, though, results from extensive plantation plantings by forest products companies, state forestry departments, and the U.S. Forest Service. And, while Mother Nature traditionally mixes white pine with red, spruce with fir, and adds dashes of birch, ash, and aspen, men planting forests for future timber production feel no such compulsion. That's why after the turn of the century's great log harvests, foresters replenished much of the felled forests with seedlings of red pine, a hard-wooded conifer trusted to grow quickly and straight. That's the reason the standing volume of sawtimber today in the Great Lakes states consists of great quantities of red pine. In Wisconsin, nearly 34 million board feet of red pine saw logs were harvested in 1995, a figure greater than that for any other of the state's timber species. The wood meets the needs for strong dimensional stock in construction and for flooring, door and frames, and other millwork. Red pine logs are also popular for rustic homes and cabins.
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