On a 25 acre tract in the Allegheny National Forest in Pennsylvania, the Forest Service planted with 5,000 red oak seedlings to replace those lost to severe drought and gypsy moth defoliation. Each seedling was also planted with a tree shelter due to the high deer population in the area. This was the first of many partner projects in the forest and the success was motivation to complete more partnership projects. The reforestation effort will allow an area devastated by natural causes to produce quality timber and will produce a better mast crop for wildlife such as deer, bear, turkey, small mammals and songbirds. In addition, the project site has become a stop on interpretive tours in the park to display the benefits of managing forests for wildlife. Partners in this project include Telecommunications, Inc., Hardwood Plywood and Veneer Association, Walnut Acres Organic Farm and Penn ReLeaf.
This project was supported by our corporate partner, the Alcoa Foundation.
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