DETROIT
02/28/2012 10:34 pm ET

How Tall Are The Trees In Michigan?

"The right height."

That's according to Republican presidential candidate and Michigan native Mitt Romney, who mentioned his home state's trees several times during recent campaign events.

Romney won Michigan's Republican primary Tuesday, though he faced a close challenge from former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

No one has yet unravelled Romney's mysterious affection for the height of the Mitten State's trees, but the candidate made another subtle tree reference in his victory tweet Tuesday night:

According to the state Department of Natural Resources, only half of Michigan's 36.4 million acres have trees. Michigan was a center for the lumber industry and saw many of its old-growth forests chopped down before the turn of the last century.

But the DNR notes, "Although the lands that remain forested have changed a great deal in the past 150 years, they are still very special. Romney would agree."

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