Wisconsin Forests: Big, Old and Not So Deep


Since most of Wisconsin’s forests were cleared for agriculture or timber in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, most of the mature forests we see today are less than 125 years old. The Civilian Conservation Corps helped reforest by planting thousands of acres of pines across the state.



We owe them a barrel full of thanks because we often see massive white pine trees as we go about our real estate work and they always take our breath away. Buyers feel the same way when they arrive at a property that has one of these “big boys” in residence. They certainly are attention getters! White pines are among the tallest trees we see here and can grow to 120 feet tall and live up to 250 years! Most of a tree’s root system is in the top 12 inches of soil and extends up to three times the height of the tree. So that means many of these monsters are likely tickling the property line of the next door neighbor. Just amazing! – Wanda Boldon