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Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum
Forest Ecosystem

The map on the left shows Michigan before European settlers arrived. The map on the right shows Michigan today. After the settlers arrived, they began to clear forests to grow food and build homes.

We still clear forests to grow food and build homes. This is why today there are fewer forest ecosystems and lots of open area.

Michigan Before European Settlement Michigan Forests Today
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