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Name of Project: Diamond 8 Red Pine Planting

Number of Trees to be Planted: 27,000

Directly Benefits: American marten

Location: Michigan

Year: 2011

Goals

  • Reforest 38 acres
  • Restore forest damaged by the Jack pine budworm
  • Provide wildlife habitat

 

Notable Highlights

American Forests is partnering with the USDA Forest Service to reforest an area within the Hiawatha National Forest, located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. This project will plant red pine (Pinus resinosa) to restore the area that was defoliated by Jack pine budworm, an insect found in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. The male caterpillars of this species damage the trees by feeding on the needles of the Jack pine trees.

This project will benefit the area’s wildlife by creating forest cover and connecting habitats for a wide range of species, including the American marten (Martes americana). This small, carnivorous mammal experienced a population decrease in the 1900s because of the demand for its fur.  The American marten population is threatened due to extreme habitat loss. 

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