Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Hike through Estivant Pines July 21

KEWEENAW COUNTY -- Join Michigan Nature Association (MNA) steward Hannah Rooks for history and a nature hike at the Estivant Pines at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 21.

Located in the Keweenaw Peninsula, Estivant Pines has a unique history. Enormous trees, some more than 600 years old, are among the very last old-growth white pines in Michigan. Some 85 bird species have been found nesting here, including indigo bunting, red crossbill, flycatchers, hawks, jays, nuthatches, owls, sparrows, thrushes, warblers, woodcock, and woodpeckers.

Other unique features of the sanctuary are rock outcroppings, steep, craggy hillsides, cliffs, and old copper mine workings dating back more than 135 years.

Meet at the trailhead in the main parking lot at 11 a.m. The plan is to hike the entire trail while Hannah notes features along the way so hikers should plan on 2 to 3 hours. Bring sturdy footwear, a lunch, water, and bug dope.

DIRECTIONS: To get there, follow US 41 north through Copper Harbor, turn right on 2nd Street at the Community Center and the sign for Manganese Lake. Follow 2nd Street (also called Manganese Road) for 1.2 miles, bearing left onto Clark Mine Road. Travel 1.2 miles and turn right on Burma Road. Travel another .65 miles to the trailhead and parking area.

For reservations, contact Nancy Leonard at 906-523-4612 or

Established in 1952, the Michigan Nature Association is a non-profit conservation organization committed to the protection and maintenance of special natural areas throughout the state. Through stewardship, MNA works to protect the rare and endangered plants and animals that reside in these areas and  to promote a program of natural history and conservation education. For 60 years, MNA has worked to acquire and protect more than 10,000 acres from the northern tip of the U.P. to the Indiana/Ohio border. For more information on MNA and current initiatives, visit

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