In the northeastern corner of Minnesota stand towering groves of red pine trees stretching some 80 feet into the sky.
But these red pine groves could eventually vanish from Minnesotas Boundary Water Canoe Area if what we usually view as a foe to forests -- fire -- fails to sweep the terrain occasionally, says a new study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
"The big, natural groves of red pine are one of the most unique features of the BWCA. But, because of fire suppression, were starting to lose them forever," says Robert Scheller, a UW-Madison forest ecologist working with professor David Mladenoff.
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