How to Do Florida: History Preserved in 'Sinker Logs'

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    Florida's rivers are home to prized "deadhead logs," old-growth trees that were cut for lumber but sank during transport to the river bottom — where some have remained since the 1800s. Today, their wood is prized for its tight grain. Logs from old-growth forest just can't be found anywhere else.

    While you can apply for certification to explore this activity, deadhead logging largely remains a consumer activity — professional loggers find the wood, and you buy it. But How to Do Florida host Chad Crawford takes you along on a trek to the Chocktawhatchee River for a piece of Florida history. Along with experts from the Bruner Lumber Company, he combs the river for treasure left submerged for a century.