Demonstration Charcoal Mound

Demonstration Charcoal Mound (HM2LWP)

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N 41° 55.553', W 72° 59.836'

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Careful inspection of the ground behind this sign reveals a raised circular mound about 30 feet in diameter, surrounded by a narrow, circular depression. The unnatural shape and bits of charcoal under the leaf layer are the telltale signs of an old charcoal mound. Up to 30 cords of wood were piled high, covered with dirt and leaves, and cooked slowly from within for about two weeks. Approximately 30 bushels of charcoal were produced per cord of firewood. At peak production, it is estimated that 23 square miles of forests were clearcut each year to supply the wood for the charcoal hearths.

This demonstration charcoal mound was restored in /September 2017 by the Friends of American Legion and Peoples State Forest (FALPS) volunteers.
Year Placed2019
Placed ByFALPS (Friends of American Legion and Peoples State Forest) and Department of Energy & Environmental Protection
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Date Added Wednesday, October 16th, 2019 at 8:04am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 666057 N 4643486
Decimal Degrees41.92588333, -72.99726667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 55.553', W 72° 59.836'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 55' 33.18" N, 72° 59' 50.16" W
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