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Name of Project: Upper St. Joe Restoration

Number of Trees to be Planted: 45,000

Directly Benefits: Wildlife

Location: Idaho

Year: 2011

Goals

  • Reforest 130 acres
  • Provide wildlife habitat
  • Replant western white pine (Pinus monticola) and western larch (Larix occidentalis) seedlings

 

Notable Highlights

American Forests is partnering with the USDA Forest Service to replant an area within the Idaho Panhandle National Forest that has been damaged extensively by blister rust, a fungal disease that leads to tree death. Eastern white pine (Pinus strobus), western white pine (Pinus monticola), sugar pine (Pinus lambertiana), whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis), and limber pine (Pinus flexilis) are all affected by this disease.

Animals found in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest include whitetail deer, mule deer, elk, moose, coyote, wolf, bobcat, cougar, wolverine, black bear, and grizzly bear. Many bird species also call this area home, including wild turkey, blue jays, California quail, grouse, osprey, golden eagle, and bald eagle. The western larch trees planted in this project tend to have cavities and are long-standing, therefore providing excellent habitat for wildlife.

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