Temperance River in Superior National Forest. Credit: Superior National Forest/USFS

Project Name:
West Zone Riparian and Forest Restoration Planting

Superior National Forest, Minn.

Key Activities:

  • Planting 43,000 trees across 213 acres
  • Reforesting a riparian area with longer-lived tree species for long-term ecosystem benefits
  • Restoring habitat for wildlife

Project Description:
American Forests and the U.S. Forest Service are reforesting more than 200 acres of Minnesota’s Superior National Forest with 43,000 white, red and jack pines and white spruce to restore wildlife habitat and improve biodiversity in a riparian area.

Why This Project:
Areas of Minnesota’s Superior National Forest have seen the loss of its large red and white pines due to pest problems. This project is reforesting eight sites with a combination of white, red and jack pines and white spruce to restore trees lost to pests, increase biodiversity and improve watershed health.

The tree species are also popular with the area’s wildlife, including osprey and bald eagles, which use the pines as nesting areas. By planting trees along riparian corridors, the project is also providing habitat for the forest’s fish populations, including walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass and lake, brook, rainbow and brown trout.

Why Superior:
Located in northern Minnesota and bordering Canada, Superior National Forest’s three million acres are home to a variety of wildlife, including many threatened and endangered species, such as the gray wolf and Canada lynx. Its more than 2,250 miles of streams are filled with myriad aquatic species.

Superior National Forest is also popular with humans: It’s the eighth most visited national forest and was declared by the National Geographic Society to be one of the 50 greatest places to visit.

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