Name of Project: Manistee Restoration Planting
Location: Huron-Manistee National Forest, MI
Number of Trees Planted: 39,200
Manistee National Forest, which joined with Huron National Forest in 1945, has undergone a series of changes since its inception. The land of these combined forests was known at one point as the “land that nobody wanted,” but with the help of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, this forest is beginning to thrive again. This national forest, the only one in Lower Michigan, needs a variety of trees to diversify its species and increase the number of seedlings per acre. This project will plant a total of 39,200 seedlings, including the Canada yew, jack and white pines, eastern hemlock, northern white cedar and northern red oak. Each of these species is native to the individual site where it will be planted. This diversity of trees will benefit wildlife habitats for threatened and endangered species such as Indiana bats, red shouldered hawks, Blanding’s turtles, wood turtles and eastern box turtles, ruffed grouse and brook trout.
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