Name of Project: 8-Mile Kirtland’s Warbler Habitat Planting
Number of Trees to be Planted: 46,000
Directly Benefits: Kirtland’s Warbler
· Reforest 61 acres of Jack pine forest
· Regenerate habitat for the Kirtland’s Warbler
This project is one of five Kirtland’s Warbler habitat projects that American Forests is funding to improve and increase the bird’s habitat. These projects cover an area in the Hiawatha National Forest, located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan that borders three of the five Great Lakes: Huron, Superior, and Michigan. In 1909, part of this area was designated as a protected forest area by President Theodore Roosevelt. There are 155 National Forests in the US whose combined area is roughly equivalent to the size of Texas. These important areas provide necessary refuge for wildlife, enjoyable recreation areas for the public, and timber resources vital to the economy. This specific project is planting within 8-Mile Salvage Timber Sale.
In 1973 the Kirtland’s Warbler (Dendroica kirtlandii) was declared an endangered species. After the last ice age, the bird is solely found in Michigan. Kirtland’s Warblers only breed in dense tracts of young Jack pine, a species that has been harvested for timber since European settlers arrived to the region in the 1800s. The deforestation of these forests decimated the Kirtland’s Warbler’s habitat, and by the middle of the 20th century the bird was nearly extinct. It’s currently estimated that there are about 5,000 individuals, but due to reforestation efforts such as this, the Kirtland’s Warbler population is growing.
This project was supported by our corporate partner, the Alcoa Foundation.
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