Nature changes over the years. There are places along the North Shore where there are patches of dying birches being replaced by brush and grass. The landscape has changed by logging, fires, disease, and development of homesteads, lodges, townhouses and roads. Because of these changes that have occurred over the centuries, the North Shore Forest Collaborative, which includes local landowners, public land managers, and nonprofit conservation groups, is trying to plan and plant the forest of the future. (Credit: Minnesota Conservation Volunteer: New Vision for the North Shore)
The birch above is a healthy tree on a relative's property located midway between Lutsen and Grand Marais.
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