Text contains references to fire in the area in 1810 and white pine logging in the 1880s.
Plum Lake Hemlock Forest SNA, designated in 1953, is an outstanding example of old growth Northern Mesic Forest on rolling topography between Star and Plum lakes. Trees within this stand indicate that it originated following fire in approximately 1810, succeeding from aspen to pine to hemlock. Now, tghe canopy is composed of hemlock, yellow birch, sugar maple, basswood, and paper birch. It appears that white pine were selectively cut from the stand in the 1880's. This SNA includes portions of the Trampers Trail, which circumnavigates Star Lake.