Outlasting Many Forest Generations
Generally trees are a long term thing and abandoned cabins are very short lived.
Many of the forest trees we work with are long lived species that live to be over a hundred years old before they start to show signs of the end.
And often when a cabin is abandoned in this area of Upper Michigan, the snow caves in the roof and nature quickly absorbs it.
But it seems to be the inverse in this situation on the Yellow Dog Plain in Marquette County.
Here we have a short lived tree type, Jack Pine, which lives a mere 40 to 60 years before it is time to be replaced with a new generation.
And here we also have a cabin built by people who are long gone which has withstood the Northern Winters due to the steep pitch of the roof and better than average craftsmanship.
I wonder how many more generations of this forest will live and die before this cabin melts into the ground as so many others do in this region.