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Image: Mad River Union
Image: Mad River Union

The forest was remote, masking its secret well. Indeed, Mark Andre, the Environmental Services Director of Arcata Community Forest in California, hadn’t explored the area for 30 years. When he finally did, though, he found hidden behind thickets and brambles an isolated, mysterious cabin.

Image: Mad River Union
Image: Mad River Union

The Forest Guild, a professional association of foresters, describes Arcata Community Forest as a “Model Forest.” Encompassing hills, ravines and nearly 800 acres of woodland, the forest is not only a popular recreational site, but also a self-sustaining enterprise generating up to $700,000 a year from sustainable logging.

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Image: Mad River Union
Image: Mad River Union

But back to the story. In 2015 Andre traveled deep into the woods to tag trees for the annual timber harvest and found the cabin by chance. “I didn’t see it until I was 12 feet from it,” Andre told Mad River Union website. “It’s in the perfect out-of-the-way spot where it wouldn’t be detected.”

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