Porcupine Mountains

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#1)  Porcupine Mountains

Postby dbhguru » Fri Jun 24, 2011 10:39 pm

ENTS,

    I don't know where to begin on this subject. The Porcupine Mountains Wilderness Park of the UP in Michigan is off the charts in terms of importance and quality. It isn't just a local or state resource, it is a national treasure. No, an international treasure. The Porkies have close to 35,000 acres of original growth forest in an environment of pristine mountains and rivers. I'm not going to say much at this point. I'm going to leave the interpretation to the ENTS VP, Dr. Lee Frelich. I just want to share some of the extraordinary images I got today. The Porkies cannot be over-described, but words at their flowery best still do not do the Porkies justice. Neither can my meager photography, for which I apologize. But maybe some of the magic will come through. All the images come from two areas: the Little carp River Trail, and the Presque Isle River Trail. Both are visual feasts. Well, here goes.

               
                       
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Bob
Robert T. Leverett
Co-founder and Executive Director
Native Native Tree Society
Co-founder and President
Friends of Mohawk Trail State Forest

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#2)  Re: Porcupine Mountains

Postby edfrank » Fri Jun 24, 2011 10:57 pm

Bob,

Where to begin?  You are to provide the definitive description of the characteristics of the entire area and its forests, both in terms of scientific detail, poetic mastery, and photographic brilliance along with annotations, appendices, and a full bibliography.

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#3)  Re: Porcupine Mountains

Postby Joe » Sat Jun 25, 2011 5:50 am

Once again, and I don't tire of saying this, but just several centuries ago, most of North America was a wilderness with billions of acres of old growth, all the rivers were pure, all the air was clean and only a few million humans lived here doing little damage to the Earth or each other - not so much because they were saints, but it's tough to do much damage with limited tools.
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#4)  Re: Porcupine Mountains

Postby dbhguru » Sat Jun 25, 2011 8:46 am

Ed,

  Piece 'a cake. Expect it pronto.

Joe,

   The Porkies provide a visual feast like few others in the East. The mountains are not large. They rise to elevations of over 1,900 feet from Lake Superior just over 600. However, this is enough elevation change to provide a taste of mountains. There are wolves in the Porkies. They are truly wild. The entire Park. I've heard different quotes for the acreage of "virgin timber" from 30,000 to 35,000. Pick a number, but it is a lot. The entire wilderness park is 60,000 acres, about the size of Quabbin - but oh, what a difference.

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Co-founder and President
Friends of Mohawk Trail State Forest

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