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Do it: Head for the Lost 40

Published 08/05/2012, Duluth News Tribune

Thanks to a surveying error in 1882, a small parcel of land in Itasca County was missed by loggers and left with virgin red and white pines, some 240 to 250 years old. Today, the area is preserved by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources as the Lost 40 Scientific and Natural Area. The pines there are considered the most significant old-growth white pine/red pine stand outside of the Boundary Waters and Itasca State Park. An interpretive trail passes through the site. Go to the DNR website at www.mndnr.gov and search “Lost 40 SNA.” You’ll find a description and a map.

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