Name of Project: Diamond 8 Red Pine Planting
Number of Trees to be Planted: 27,000
Directly Benefits: American marten
American Forests is partnering with the USDA Forest Service to reforest an area within the Hiawatha National Forest, located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. This project will plant red pine (Pinus resinosa) to restore the area that was defoliated by Jack pine budworm, an insect found in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. The male caterpillars of this species damage the trees by feeding on the needles of the Jack pine trees.This project will benefit the area’s wildlife by creating forest cover and connecting habitats for a wide range of species, including the American marten (Martes americana). This small, carnivorous mammal experienced a population decrease in the 1900s because of the demand for its fur. The American marten population is threatened due to extreme habitat loss.
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