June 26, 2009

Centennial

Filed under: Natural Resources — SNFGRDennis @ 8:10 am

I guess it’s been a couple weeks since I’ve posted a blog, time flies when you’re having fun it seems. Last Friday we held an open house to celebrate our one hundredth anniversary as the Superior National Forest. President Theodore Roosevelt signed a proclamation on February 12, 1909 to establish the Superior National Forest and it has been a fast pace journey since then. President Roosevelt and Chief Gifford PinchotI guess one of the interesting points from my perspective is that we are one hundred years old and we have five employees that have been with us for at least 33 years each. They were a part of one third of the history of this forest. I’m guessing that there have been some members of Cook County who can claim to have lived and worked in this forest for a longer time, maybe even through half of the history of this forest. I know some that would qualify for that merit badge and I’d like to think of them as partners and friends.

So, last Friday was spent with some of the residents of Cook County as well as some of our guests that were traveling through. I spoke with one family where both the mom and dad were members of our military on active duty and they had two kids. Their current duty station is Korea, but were on a 30 day leave and had come back to the states. On Friday morning, kind of on a whim they decided to drive up the shore to visit Grand Marias. They saw our sign, stopped in and visited with us and participated in the activities we had available in our parking lot. mom-and-daughterOne of the best parts was mom and daughter took a shot at the cross cut sawing and then dad and son took their turn. I’m not sure yet which couple took the trophy home for the quickest cut, but I know they had a lot of laughs. For me, it was a privilege to be part of their day and their vacation back to the states; I thank them for their service to all of us.

We also had the local young explorer group visiting with us. Maybe they didn’t appreciate all the historic memorabilia we displayed in our conference room as much as did some of the adults. However I don’t know that anyone enjoyed the activities more than this young group. Plus I’m quite sure no one had more fun with Smokey Bear than these fun loving kids. smokeys-friendsI wonder if I owe an apology to their parents?? These kids pared up and really went after the cross cut sawing, each trying to out do the previous group. I believe someone was keeping time to see which group cut through the log the fastest but I can’t tell you which one it was. What I do know is that those little end pieces of log kept disappearing. At first as I looked over at the sawdust and wondered but then I noticed as each piece was cut the young folks would scramble to stuff the end piece in their backpack to take it home with them. I guess what was a scrap chunk of dead balsam to me was a trophy to them. And now their parents get to decide what to do with their trophy.

Thanks to all who stopped in and visited with us, please take a look at the photo album along side this blog (that is assuming I can figure that part out and get it to work).

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