Lost 40 Scientific and Natural Area

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The Lost 40 Scientific and Natural Area in northern Minnesota stands as a testament to an accidental preservation resulting from a 19th-century surveying error, protecting a parcel of land from logging activities. This area features an old-growth forest of red and white pine trees, some over 300 years old, making it a haven for biodiversity. Designated as a Scientific and Natural Area in 1962, the Lost 40 remains largely undisturbed, offering visitors hiking trails to explore the pristine environment. The site serves an educational purpose, with interpretive signs highlighting its ecological significance. Ongoing conservation efforts are essential to manage invasive species, prevent human-induced damage, and ensure the long-term preservation of this unique natural treasure. (Submitted by Travis Flasch)