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A Walk in the Woods

Norway Maple forest -- Linnae Woods. Only 200 years ago, Native American Indians tapped Sugar Maple trees in this very same region in order to boil down the sap and make maple sugar & syrup.


Norway Maples came with the European settlers and can also be tapped for delicious treats. There are several Maple syrup festivals in late winter in the Chicago region


Interesting...its the red (in autumn) sugar maple trees that are native. These Norways were brought from Europe. European settlers to the Chicago Region cut down the groves the wooded forests and savannahs in order to create farms. After the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 all remaining stands trees were cut down far to the north of the city into Lake County to rebuild the city. Tree Farmers came in and restocked with their European beloved trees...and this is how Norway maples came to be so thick in the forest preserves of Cook County, Illinios.

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Taken on October 27, 2009