Forest in shape of Minnesota: Oaks hoax? Nope – genuine pine shrine
At first glance, it looks a bit fake, like a Photoshopped woodsy version of crop circles.
But Google Maps doesn’t lie. Tucked into the forests of Park Township in Lake of the Woods County is a 23-acre stand of jack pine trees in the shape of Minnesota.
Reddit users this week were buzzing about the image – and whether it could possibly be real – after someone posted an image of it.
Who pulled this off – liquored-up lumberjacks? Aliens?
No, it was inventive DNR forestry veteran Bill Lockner – in the late 1980s, way before Google Maps.
A timber sale on the state-managed land was pending, so Lockner made it interesting. Without the benefit of GPS, Lockner surveyed out the Minnesota shape, using only rudimentary tools, a compass and hip chain, DNR spokeswoman Jennifer Teegarden told BringMeTheNews.
Subsequently, the land around it has been logged off, and new trees have grown up in the Minnesota shape, Lake of the Woods County water and lands Director Josh Stromlund explained. The Minnesota-shaped stand – roughly 1,200 feet wide at the arrowhead and 1,350 feet tall – is well known by county residents, he said.
Somewhere a few hours north of Lake Wobegon…
What was the first concert you went to?
Mine was Debbie Gibson.
They were talking about this on the radio this morning and it made me laugh listening to the various bands/singers that people saw.
What say you?
Green Day FTW
Simon and Garfunkel. Man, that makes me old.
15 Things You Should Keep in Mind (by themoonphase)
Life is so damn short, for fucks sake, just do what makes you happy.
Compliment people. Magnify their strengths, not their weaknesses.
Not everyone is going to want, accept, or know how to receive your energy. Make peace with it and move on.
Kindness. It doesn’t cost a damn thing. Sprinkle that shit everywhere.
Slow down, calm down, don’t worry, don’t hurry. Trust the process.
Spend more time making yourself a better person and less time worrying about what everyone else is doing.
Find a way, not an excuse.
Religious freedom doesn’t mean you can force others to live by your own beliefs, and you do not have to endure this from others either.
We are not our failures.
You can’t live a positive life with a negative mind.
The more you close yourself the unhappier you’ll be. You’re not alone, open up to people.
People come and people go. That’s the way the world goes. Live and learn, don’t live and regret. The best is yet to come. Look forward.
When you lose yourself in what you love, you find yourself in what you are.
Forget everything you’ve been told and open your mind.
Forgiveness is the greatest indicator of strength. Admit when you’re wrong, but if someone makes you feel like shit for the mistake, move on. Similarly, when someone makes a mistake, be good enough to understand why they did. You don’t attack people because of a mistake. People learn.