Red pine, the species being planted in this project. Credit: Vern Wilkins, Indiana University

Project Name:
Morse Blowdown Salvage

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Wis.

Key Activities:

  • Planting 57,000 red pine across 76 acres
  • Reforesting an ecosystem damaged by a tornado

Project Description:
American Forests and the U.S. Forest Service are reforesting 76 acres of Wisconsin’s Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest with 57,000 red pine to restore an area damaged by a 2010 tornado.

Why This Project:
In July 2010, a tornado tore through 300 acres of Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, damaging hardwood stands near Morse, Wis. While natural regeneration is expected to occur in the damaged area, no red pine seed sources remained after the tornado. In order to maintain a healthy, biodiverse stand of trees, this project is planting red pines across 76 of the damaged acres. The planting is also helping establish age diversity in the forest’s red pine, as a majority of the Chequamegon-Nicolet’s red pine is currently 60 to 80 years old.

Why Chequamegon-Nicolet:
Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest consists of more than 1.5 million acres in northern Wisconsin, including more than 46,000 acres of designated wilderness. The forest is home to gray wolf, which is a nationally endangered species, but was recently delisted in Wisconsin due to population recovery. The forest also houses 14 animal species and 20 plant species that are considered to be threatened or endangered by the state of Wisconsin.

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