More than a century ago portions of the Big Woods were farmland. But then, just about 100 years before this is being written, those farms were abandoned; some were planted to various species of conifers while others reverted to woodland. As in much of the northeast, white pine was the pioneer tree species to begin growing in some of the old fields.
The elongating tip of white pines growing in the open of old fields is frequently killed by feeding larvae of white pine weevils. When that happens one or more side branches begin growing upward, the result is a multi-stemmed tree –
A single fork of one of those large multi-stemmed white pines snapped off in a windstorm last winter – the sound it made as it fell to the ground must have been impressive. It’s that fallen pine and the critters that use it which are featured in this video –
The camera’s been removed for the duration of the fall hunting seasons but will be back in mid-winter.