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Name of Project: Spruce Decline II

Number of Trees to be Planted: 89,000

Direct beneficiaries: Spruce grouse

Location: Wisconsin

Year: 2011


  • Reforest 136 acres
  • Provide food and habitat for the spruce grouse


Notable Highlights

American Forests is partnering with the USDA Forest Service to reforest areas of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. This area has been adversely affected by various forest growth challenges, including drought, spruce needlecast, and spruce budworm. Needlecast is a fungal disease that causes a black growth on pine needles which causes them to die. Red pine, Jack pine, black spruce, and tamarack trees will be planted to increase diversity and lessen the damage of future insect and disease attacks.

In addition to restoring forest health, this project will create habitat for the spruce grouse (Falcipennis canadensis). This medium-sized chicken-like bird is a native of the northern US and feeds on short needled conifers.


This project was supported by our corporate partner, the Alcoa Foundation.

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