In 1995 on the Black River State Forest, 270,000 seedlings were planted by the Wisconsin DNR on 270 acres that had been severely defoliated by the jack pine budworm from 1992-1994. Almost 10,000 acres of jack pine in the forest had been infected with the budworm and this project funded the planting of trees over and above the acres planted with the state budget. Jack and red pines were planted in an alternating pattern to avoid continuous stands of jack pine that would encourage another outbreak. Additionally, openings were left in the forest cover to encourage regeneration of other native species. This project will restore jack pine to the forest, supply important forest products to the community and will manage habitat for the Karner Blue butterfly, which is endangered in Wisconsin.
This project was supported by our corporate partner, the Alcoa Foundation.
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