Wildlife in Winter Part 2

  • Location
    East Jordan, Michigan
  • Status
  • Age Level
    Any Age

The Problem

Restore habitat for wildlife

Our Plan

We are continuing with last year's project of planting trees to provide winter browse for whitetail deer. These plantings also help to stabilize a stream bank that was eroded by farming.

Themes Addressed

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    Clean Water
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    Habitat Destruction
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    Water Pollution & Conservation
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The Benefit

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Here is how the project went:

We were able to clear grass and plant over 100 trees.

Through this project I/we learned:

Planting the trees was the easy part. Clearing the area of grasses and weeds was much more time consuming than I thought, but had to be done or they would choke out the new trees.

What I/we might change:

We allocated one weekend to clearing the land and another to the actual planting. When we do this again in the spring, we will spend two weekends clearing the planting areas.

My/our favorite part of this project was:

We showed the kids how to plant the trees. By the end of the day, we heard "Green side up" from the little kids every time a tree went in the ground.

Some tips, tricks or fun facts about the project:

Plan on the project taking twice as long as you had originally planned. We also ran into a lot of invasive buckthorn plants that had to be dealt with.

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