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Crawford Red Pines
Conservancy Natural Areas Registry
miles east of Grayling
limited due to its lack of roads and marked trails
Viable remnants of the once vast red pine forests in the northern
portions of Michigan's Lower Peninsula are very rare today. In fact,
due to catastrophic widespread clearcutting and repeated fire, old
natural stands of red pine may be rarer than similar stands of any
other northern forest type in the Great Lakes Region, For its
acreage and dense stocking of red pine, the Crawford stand
represents one of the two best in Michigan. Many of the pine trees
are about 2 feet in diameter and 100 feet in height. One of the
larger trees was found to be approximately 200 years of age.
Crawford Red Pine Ecological Reference Area (ERA)/Natural Area also known as Dyer Red Pine ERA/Natural Area
Comments to be submitted to the Grayling Management Unit by October 12, 2007.