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Name of Project: Spruce Salvage Restoration

Number of Trees to be Planted: 40,000

Directly Benefits:  Outdoor Enthusiasts

Location: Minnesota

Year: 2011

Goals

·         Reforest 50 acres

·         Stop the spread of invasive species

·         Enhance landscape beauty

 

Notable Highlights

American Forests is partnering with the USDA Forest Service to restore part of Chippewa National Forest. This area has been damaged by spruce budworm, a native insect which feeds on pine needles, and has been affected by invasive plant species such as tansy, birdfoot trefoil, and honeysuckle. Reforesting this area with white spruce and tamarack, native species, will help stop the spread of tansy and birdfoot trefoil because they are intolerant to shade.

Volunteers from the University of Minnesota Crookston Natural Resources Club will help the Forest Service by participating in the planting project, while gaining knowledge of restorative tree planting. The project will improve the landscape beauty along a scenic drive frequented by area residents and visitors.

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