I can't stop staring at this forest shaped like Minnesota [PHOTO]

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A forest shaped exactly like Minnesota has been discovered in Williams, Minnesota.

An eagle-eyed Redditor spotted the familiar shaped cluster of trees on Google maps and posted a screen shot of his find.

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Although at first there was some speculation that it was photoshopped, that was put to rest with the posting of the location, which is near Faunce Forest Rd SW in Williams, six hours to our north near the border.

Here is what it looks like when you zoom out -- you can really see the scale of the forest:
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This is a Vine I made showing what it looks like to zoom in on Google:
How did this happen? So far, the best theory is that this was some logger's idea of a practical joke. If you know more, let us know in the comments.

UPDATE: Ask and ye shall receive! A commenter offers more information about the Minnesota-shaped forest:
Hello, I have been aware of this timber harvest shaped like the state of MN border for about 8 years.  I was a forester in northern Minnesota for some time and I can tell you this.  This is state forest land, managed by DNR Division of Forestry.  The state employs foresters to design timber harvests to meet many objectives including ecological and economic ones.  The forester who designed this timber sale is a veteran at his craft and created this boundary line without the use of gps, but with map and compass instead.  The forest type is jack pine, which is an early successional species that colonizes sites after a major disturbance and needs full sun to thrive. This species occurs in fire dependent forests.  Modern timber sales mimic the effect of fire in these landscapes.  As such this large opening was created to encourage it's regeneration.   Loggers are contractors of the landowners/ land managers, and as such do not have discretion as to the layout of the harvest or other design features.  They perform the contract. This forester must have an artistic side.
UPDATE II: More details from the comments:
I used to be a logging contractor in this area and remember well when this was done. This was an area in Beltrami Island State forest where all the jack pine trees were the same age as a result of the 1930 fire. The DNR decided to sell several timber tracts in this area as the trees were all reaching the age of maturity and starting to die. This particular tract was made by a very creative forester using only a compass and hip chain. The area was logged in the mid 90's and as it grew back the area's around it were logged. There's a much better picture of the cut over if you look on older google earth photos from the 90's. A renewable resource was used and is once again a forest full of life so all is good.


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62 comments
Carrie Graf
Carrie Graf

Andy Nelson, there are many eco systems that benefit from tree removal, whether it be by selective harvest, blow downs, wildfires, etc. And I am not a man, man.

Andy Nelson
Andy Nelson

dude r u kidding thats fucked up. there are kids who come on there computers and can read that shit... jesus.

Andy Nelson
Andy Nelson

blah blah blah... smh more trees beter than less trees and its as easy as that. do you REALLY think cutting a tree will help out this mother earth because if u do i think you have mental problems, man...

Luke Knutson
Luke Knutson

Jake curves holes in trees then inserts his weiner. Tree hugging hippie

Carrie Graf
Carrie Graf

Jake, did you read the article and explanation? Critical habitat is actually created in this instance. Professionals who study these forests and have devoted their lives to protecting our natural resources make these types of decisions. They deserve more respect from you. "The forest type is jack pine, which is an early successional species that colonizes sites after a major disturbance and needs full sun to thrive. This species occurs in fire dependent forests. Modern timber sales mimic the effect of fire in these landscapes. As such this large opening was created to encourage it's regeneration."

Jake Wood
Jake Wood

"So cool." Raping our forests and eliminating critical habitats for flora/fauna is "So cool" now? Wake me up when the earth runs out of oxygen...

Ted Schneider
Ted Schneider

I know him.. Bill is as cool as the idea he had of doing this!!!

Brent Bruns
Brent Bruns

If you look up this location in Google Earth, you can go back and look at the photo from 1991. They cut out the trees to leave a hole that looks like the State of MN. Over the years the Trees grew up in the space, and around 2009, they cut the tress out around that former space, leaving this.

Sean Koster
Sean Koster

I deer hunt right by there. Huge forest! They log and burn for the health of the forest. What happens when a tree gets old? It dies... or we can harvest the trees.... that's why its called a renewable resource.

Matt Barsness
Matt Barsness

I'm laughing at all you self righteous hypocrites that live in houses made of anything other than straw or mud... but then again you probably disrupted the ecosystem to build that as well. The fancy bike you ride was made of aluminum alloys raped out of the earth you proclaim to love an protect. The paper you wipe your ass with came from trees, while you dump a deuce in the mother earth destroying potty. The tires on that bike of yours came from rubber trees and petroleum chemicals. The tooth brush you clean that mouth of yours with is made of plastic made of chemicals and petroleum products. Those fancy hipster clothes are probably a mixture of cotton and polyester, both which damage mother earth. If you really adhered to your logic, you all would rather us be dead or naked living in the woods... but even then we'd be hurting mother earth... you people sicken me

Erik Nelson
Erik Nelson

Seriously lolling @ these peeps who think that you need to kill trees to make a forrest healthiest. Lmao

Jake Wood
Jake Wood

oh you must be some republican who drives a FREAKIN suv and wants all the oil you can get no matter how SCORCHED our mother earth gets. you disgust me

Andy Nelson
Andy Nelson

matt, we could apparently use some of those burns you got up north

Andy Nelson
Andy Nelson

pls explain regeneration to me if you think you kow wuts best for mother earth... geez, smh

Andy Nelson
Andy Nelson

it's a serious issue. the planet is worming at an alarming rate

l8od
l8od

To those who hate logging so much..the logger doesn't just run around cutting down trees for fun.  

The forest is a renewable resource and as such is the source of raw material for many products...lumber, paper, etc. Where do the largest concentrations of consumers of those products reside?

The paper products which this natural resource provides the raw material for, I would hazard a guess, are nearly universal in every American home's bathroom. 

As such, if you use said product, the order for the product was placed partly in your behalf, if it offends you so much, please cease the use of this type of paper product immediately....

Mike Ostroushko
Mike Ostroushko

It would look a million times better without the clear-cutting around the borders.. a healthy forest, now that's something to look at.

Cindy Wiegele
Cindy Wiegele

very cool, apparently some idiots don't realize that forests need to go through regeneration in order to be healthy...in the north country the DNR do prescribed burns for the health of the forests. course when you're from an area where they tear down trees to build houses and then plant trees around the houses......it makes sense ;)

kennethwfish
kennethwfish

I used to be a logging contractor in this area and remember well when this was done. This was an area in Beltrami Island State forest where all the jack pine trees were the same age as a result of the 1930 fire. The DNR decided to sell several timber tracts in this area as the trees were all reaching the age of maturity and starting to die. This particular tract was made by a very creative forester using only a compass and hip chain. The area was logged in the mid 90's and as it grew back the area's around it were logged. There's a much better picture of the cut over if you look on older google earth photos from the 90's. A renewable resource was used and is once again a forest full of life so all is good.

Mark Trueblood
Mark Trueblood

I read headline as "I can't stop farting at this forest"

cp18
cp18

Hey All ... before you start ranting like you know what you're talking about ... I would encourage you to read through the Minnesota Division of Forestry's website and see how they manage forests across the state. I would believe these are folks that know what they're doing ... you know, just a thought. Yay knowledge!


http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/forestry/index.html

JLNel
JLNel

Sometimes when I eat chips and I bite off a part it makes a MN shape. 

Erik Nelson
Erik Nelson

Ok so let me get this staright, you killl actual real life minnesota trees to make a thing that sort of looks like minnesota? uh hellllooooo are you kidding with me or what? these dude just want to make space for new factories and mines so that they can power there stupid cars/trucks. if people really want money so bad then why don't they just take a picture of tree the way that NATURE made them look. sorry for the rant but this stuff is always pissing me off. how about i cut down your house and make it look like you, would that be okay?

Jake Wood
Jake Wood

???? stop speaking in riddles weirdo...

Matt Barsness
Matt Barsness

Jake Wood, what is the structure made of that you rest your trouble head in every night... I can't wait for this answer...

Tanner Slade Olson
Tanner Slade Olson

Jake you clearly have not driven through all the areas that have caught on fire in the last few years.

Jake Wood
Jake Wood

forest fires are the concern?? REALLY? they just make up different reasons all. the. time! next up it will be mosquito infestation or too many deer. everyone KNOWS someone went out and raped the forest just to have something to look at from google earth to probably impress some chick. or a power/money hungry corporation this shit has. got. to. stop.

Andy Nelson
Andy Nelson

DUDE. are you kidding?! first of all, obama has been trying to take over the foresting industry since he was a senator. 2nd, if there are trees living, that is good. PERIOD. If you didn't kow. Trees eat up co2 which BAD, and shoot out oxygin which is good. WE (AND MN) will always be better with more trees, i dont care about fire, they arent even that real.

Jake Wood
Jake Wood

fucking money hungry BUTTWIPES

Chad Majerus
Chad Majerus

Without reforestation and logging we would have way more fires up north than we do already, at least they replant now.

epictrip24
epictrip24

just kill yourself do us a favor

UrnLeJe
UrnLeJe

What are you babbling about?  Take it easy! And stop asking people what they "wipe their asses with". . . Creep.

thepabstblueribbon
thepabstblueribbon

Well, cutting trees does make a forest heathy and offer many benifits to wildlife and humans alike.  I'm no professional, but I'm prettey sure that is true.  Oh wait.  I am a professional.  With a B.S. in Forest Management, an M.S. in Forest Ecology, and 15 years of experience.  But that is okay, I'll just listen to you because I'm sure you took an ecology class once while earning some sort of liberal arts degree.  So yeah, your ignorance must be bliss.

l8od
l8od

ignorance is bliss...

l8od
l8od

if you are truly so worried about greenhouse gas, it is a simple fact to grasp....a young, vigorously growing forest produces more oxygen from new growth than an old, dying, rotting forest which produces more methane(from decomposition) than oxygen....


tannermorrisrex
tannermorrisrex

Your views seem a bit extremist and ignorant. However, I can't say for sure without being ignorant myself. Let's try to avoid that. But at the end of the day, wouldn't you assume they used the timber for practical reasons? I highly doubt someone just decided to cut down a bunch of trees to make this and didn't use the timber. And i'm not sure about you, but I don't see any factories or anything of those sorts in this area. If that was there intention, wouldn't there be something there by now? Instead lies a pretty badass piece of art if you ask me.

respectfully,
Tanner


tannermorrisrex
tannermorrisrex

Your views seem a bit extremist and ignorant. However, I can't say for sure without being ignorant myself. Let's try to avoid that. But at the end of the day, wouldn't you assume they used the timber for practical reasons? I highly doubt someone just decided to cut down a bunch of trees to make this and didn't use the timber. And i'm not sure about you, but I don't see any factories or anything of those sorts in this area. If that was there intention, wouldn't there be something there by now? Instead lies a pretty badass piece of art if you ask me.

respectfully,
Tanner

lkjhasdf
lkjhasdf

Hahaha, "raped" the forest? Yeah, insult sexual assault victims more by making anthropomorphic statements about trees. You really think this is an ongoing and terrible problem? Trees grow back, jackass, and they're quite useful.

l8od
l8od

@UrnLeJe fyi....tp is made from trees...and much of this wood is used for that purpose, so stop using it if you want to do your part in "saving" a tree

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