Name of Projects: Restoring Idle Fields to Native Woodlands
Number of Trees to be Planted: 26,000
Directly Benefits: Wildlife in surrounding forests
Location: Kewaskum, Wisconsin
· Reforest 26 acres
· Close gaps in forest to provide wildlife habitat
· Use hardwood species such as black cherry, shagbark hickory, basswood, sugar maple, red oak, and white oak
The Hardwood Forestry Fund, in partnership with Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, will reforest a 26-acre area within the Kettle Moraine State Forest. This area is known for its unique landscape which was caused by glacial formations. The land is marked by kettles, small, deep lakes formed from chunks of glacial ice that broke off and melted.
The areas that will be reforested are fallow agricultural fields surrounded by forests. Reforesting this area will help grow and improve the size and quality of the existing forest. Trees growing on the edge of a forest that open to cleared land often struggle with windier, hotter, and drier conditions, known as edge effect. This reforestation project will reduce edge effect and connect larger acreages of contiguous forest cover to provide healthier forest conditions.
The project will plant hardwoods, like black cherry, shagbark hickory, basswood, sugar maple, red oak, and white oak, which will provide additional habitat for native plants and animals. Songbirds native to the area, including Northern Oriole, Indigo Bunting, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Tree Swallow, Scarlet Tanager, will all benefit from this project. White tail deer and wild turkey will also benefit from this reforestation effort.
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