Name of Project: Stockyard Kirtland’s Warbler Habitat Planting
Number of Trees to be Planted: 82,000
Directly Benefits: Kirtland’s Warblers
Location: Upper Peninsula, Michigan
This project will plant 51 acres of dense Jack pine stands for the Kirtland’s Warbler habitat within the Stockyard Stewardship Mastication area. This section was covered with dead and dying Jack pine saplings which were recently masticated.
In 1973 the Kirtland’s Warbler (Dendroica kirtlandii) was declared an endangered species. After the last ice age, the bird is solely found in Michigan. Kirtland’s Warblers only breed in dense tracts of young Jack pine, a species that has been harvested for timber since European settlers arrived to the region in the 1800s. The deforestation of these forests decimated the Kirtland’s Warbler’s habitat, and by the middle of the 20th century the bird was nearly extinct. It’s currently estimated that there are about 5,000 individuals, but due to reforestation efforts such as this, the Kirtland’s Warbler population is growing.
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