By Associated Press - Saturday, January 10, 2015

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The granddaughter of Michigan’s first state forester has donated his compass, coat and other artifacts to the Michigan Historical Museum.

Marcus Schaaf was hired in 1910 as the first forester at the Michigan Public Domain Commission, an agency that eventually became the Department of Natural Resources. He’s credited with developing, surveying and consolidating millions of acres of forest over 40 years.

The DNR says the donations include Schaaf’s heavy wool coat, which is lined with animal fur, and a 66-foot metal measuring tape.

Museum director Linda Endersby says she grateful that Suzan Schaaf is sharing her grandfather’s legacy.

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