In 1995 and 1996 land acquired by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers along the Mississippi River channel was planted with the seedlings and seeds of mast producing tree species, such as oak, pecan and walnut. These lands had been damaged by logging or agricultural clearing and three separate sites were planted, including Pleasant Creek and Huron Island of Iowa and Long Island of Illinois. This project did not attempt to completely reforest the areas solely with mast producing trees, but hoped to add a healthy mast producing trees to the sites. Wildlife including mallards, wood ducks, white-tailed deer, squirrels, wild turkey, blue jays and small mammals will utilize the mast that is produced and mast producing trees will provide local and migrating wildlife with shelter. This project will additionally reduce erosion, improve water quality and provide recreational opportunities. Support for this project was also provided by Trees Forever and federal sources.
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