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A long time ago, I was a child. (I started out as Cathy First from Colon, Mi.) For the past several years I’ve been an adult. A lot of things went on between those two stages of life; probably no more or no less than anyone elses. My husband and I moved to “da U .P” from southern Lower Michigan several years ago (yes we were trolls at one time). We owned and operated and operate Clementz’s Northcountry Campground and Cabins just north of Newberry, Michigan until May 2015. We have grown kids and grandkids (who all live downstate). My passion is life and all that Nature has to offer us and trying to photograph it in unique ways. Our intention in life is to see all that Nature has to offer us. We hope that you will be a part of our adventures as we cruise through our lives together. Come back often!

Monday, September 17, 2007


With fire contained, authorities plan to restore burned landscape
9/16/2007, 9:44 a.m. EDT
The Associated Press

(AP) — The Sleeper Lake Fire was still raging in the Upper Peninsula when an inspector noticed little green sprouts poking above the blackened earth — a sign of nature's resilience.

Now people are lending a hand. Michigan's third-largest fire since the 19th century is nearly extinguished, allowing state biologists and conservationists to lay the groundwork for restoring 18,185 damaged acres of forests and wetlands.

"I don't think there's going to be any long-term detrimental effects," said Les Homan, forest unit manager with the Department of Natural Resources office in Newberry.

Authorities dismantled the last firefighting crews over Labor Day weekend, with the fire reduced to smoldering pockets in underground peat bogs. Costs, although still being tallied, are estimated at more than $6 million, mostly for wages and the use of aerial water tankers.
It may take winter's snows to snuff out the final embers, although recent rainfall has helped considerably. An aerial search early this week turned up just one "hot spot" — and it got an inch of rain the next day, Homan said.

"We are not declaring the fire out yet," he said in a recent phone interview. "We're waiting to see what happens when we get two or three sunny, windy days in a row."

Ignited on Aug. 2 by a lightning strike, the fire swept across 28 square miles, mostly within the Lake Superior State Forest in Luce County, about 55 miles west of Sault Ste. Marie. There were no major injuries.

The landscape is a patchwork of marshy wetlands, sandy ridges lined with red and white pines, and better developed soils that host stands of maple.

It's sparsely populated, yet dotted with seasonal cottages. Several structures were gutted at a family's hunting camp, but no other dwellings were damaged. That's a testament to the skill and tenacity of 200-plus firefighters who labored on the front lines and dumped water from planes and helicopters, Homan said.



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