The Lost Forest

The Lost Forest by Phyllis Root and Betsey Bowen is a true story about a mapping mistake that saved an old growth forest in Minnesota. As the USA grew, the pressure to map all the land in the nation increased. Surveyors marked off quadrants and measured their way across land that ultimately became states like Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota and Iowa. In the fall of 1882 a crew mistakenly marked a forest area as a large lake, preserving the trees until a forest ranger stumbled on them in 1958. They are now part of a national forest in MN and one of the few old growth areas to survive. It was named the Lost Forest--now found and preserved for all to enjoy. (Informational)