Northern red oak, the species being planted in this project. Credit: Steven Katovich, USFS

Project Name:
Savannah Planting

Hiawatha National Forest, Michigan

Key Activities:

  • Planting 10,000 northern red oak across 100 acres
  • Restoring wildlife habitat
  • Reforesting an ecosystem to increase biodiversity

Project Description:
American Forests and the U.S. Forest Service are reforesting 100 acres of Michigan’s Hiawatha National Forest with 10,000 northern red oak to increase biodiversity in the forest.

Why This Project:
Hiawatha National Forest in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula covers 879,000 acres, offering a variety of recreation activities, as well as wildlife habitat. This project is focused on reforesting areas of Hiawatha that are currently open space to increase plant diversity and improve habitat areas for the forest’s variety of animals. By planting northern red oak in areas that currently consist of herb plants, parts of the forest are being restored to savannah conditions.

Why Northern Red Oak:
Northern red oak is a common species across the eastern United States, ranging from Alabama and Georgia in the south to Nebraska and Oklahoma in the west to Canada in the north. Its acorns are a food source for a variety of animals, including deer, turkey, squirrels, mice, voles and birds. In Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, northern red oak is used as habitat by white-tailed deer and wild turkey.

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