`An important contribution to the international scene`: A parcel of forestland near Rhinelander was home to nuclear radiation tests on trees
RHINELANDER – In the late 1960s and the early 1970s, a plot of forestland in Wisconsin`s Northwoods was home to one of the most curious experiments born out of the nuclear fears of the Cold War.

Researchers wanted to know what kind of impact radiation would have on the plants, trees and small woodland creatures of the northern forests, in case nuclear warfare was waged on the United States. The Enterprise Radiation Forest was fenced off, and the government brought in a small electronically controlled irradiation source that allowed for radioactive waves to go out into the forest. 

According to the U.S. Forest Service, the experiment was ended by the Atomic Energy Commission after only three years of operation. There hasn`t been any radioactivity since then and the site was eventually decommissioned by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources...

Ken Notes: GREAT READ! This has the making of a great movie plot with 100ft bears and toilet paper that glows in the dark!

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