Fall color in Superior National Forest, Minn. Credit: Paul Weimer

About the Superior National Forest Riparian ReLeaf Project:

American Forests and the U.S. Forest Service are reforesting 12 acres of Superior National Forest with white pine, white spruce and potentially other conifer species, to preserve wildlife habitat for fish and other wildlife.

Global ReLeaf provides forests like this — and the communities that depend on them — with the restoration they need to thrive. Since 1990, American Forests has brought ReLeaf to forests in all 50 states and 45 countries, planting more than 45 million trees in the process.

ReLeaf Location:

Superior National Forest in Minnesota

Key ReLeaf Activities:

  • Planting 6,000 trees across 12 acres
  • Restoring habitat for wildlife

Why This ReLeaf Project?

This site will be fill-in planted to improve diversity and stand structure along West Split Rock River. Planting this site will increase the amount of long-lived conifers, improving water quality conditions for fish habitat in this river. The unit would require post-planting activities, which would involve the protection of the planted white pine trees from deer browse. Without animal damage control, the survival rate of the seedlings can be minimal. It is estimated that 2,000 white pine seedlings would need animal browse protection on this site.

Why Trout?

Trout serve as a source of food to species such as eagles and bears, as well as food and recreation source to fishermen. In the Lake Superior area, trout are hunted by ospreys and bald eagles, both considered endangered species. This makes trout protection, and the protection of their habitat in streams, a matter of importance to the protection of these birds of prey. As the Endangered Species Act states, protecting a threatened species’ entire habitat is crucial to protecting that individual species.

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