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minnesotafox: We are archiving this to place new caches here in the Big Woods. We plan to relocate this cache if possible, thanks for finding this in the past.


Big Woods, Big Cache

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Hidden : 1/24/2009
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Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

This is a ammo can hidden in this undeveloped new park in Hassen Township. Below is the story of this new park. Once you get to it this will be an easy find but it will require a short hike through this great woods. It looks like this will require crossing a small stream in warmer weather, please plan accordingly. ""Caution MUD"" This can be messy to get to during wet weather.

In the 1980s, about the time suburbia began to expand rapidly along Interstate 94 in northwestern Hennepin County, developers and real estate agents began knocking on Lloyd and Evelyn Henry's farmhouse door. They envisioned converting the 60-acre forest that occupies the northwest corner of the Henrys' farm into secluded lots for new houses. The Henrys knew they could sell their forest for a good price, but they were determined to see the forest preserved, both as a memorial to Lloyd's grandparents, who bought the farm near Rogers shortly after the Civil War, and for people who enjoy the tranquillity and sense of history that old forests provide.
"Over the years we've had many visitors to the woods when we've made maple syrup. People love to be out in these woods in the spring, and I'd like for them to continue to enjoy it."
The forest, it turns out, is one of the best-preserved remnants of deciduous forest in the Twin Cities area, strengthening the Henrys' resolve to see it protected.
Forests of elm, sugar maple, basswood, and oak once covered more than 2,000 square miles of south-central Minnesota, extending in a band 40 miles wide from Mankato to Monticello. This band of forest contrasted markedly enough with the surrounding prairies, savannas, and brushy oak and aspen woodlands that French explorers traveling through Minnesota in the 1700s designated it the bois fort or bois grand, which English-speaking inhabitants later translated as "big woods."
Thanks to the Henry family for keeping this "Big Woods" intact for all of us to enjoy. Please treat the area with respect, thanks.

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