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See the forest through the trees at new museum exhibit (8 photos)

The Red Pine House: Forestry Education Centre opened its doors on Tuesday, as the Simcoe County Museum’s newest attraction

A new exhibit at the Simcoe County Museum will appeal to tree-huggers and history lovers.

The Red Pine House: Forestry Education Centre opened its doors Tuesday as a standalone building adjacent to the Simcoe County Museum that houses historic elements of the Simcoe County Forest and its past. Since 1922, the Simcoe County Forest has become the largest municipally-owned forest network in Ontario, spanning almost 33,000 acres.

“It’s been a long time coming,” said Graeme Davis, forester with the County of Simcoe. “This is sort of leading up to our 100-year anniversary, which is three years away.”


Museum curator Kelley Swift Jones said the house will now be added to the site map guests of the museum receive when they come in for a visit. She said the staff had a $50,000 budget to curate the materials for the exhibit, and they managed to come in under budget.

“We wanted to celebrate that almost-100-year history, and really show people just how significant the development of the Simcoe County Forest was,” she said.

For our full story on the Simcoe County Forests, click here.

Jessica Owen

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