23,000 Seedlings Planted in Wisconsin Under SFI Community Grant

Submitted by: Joan MacKenzie 01/08/2012

With the help of an SFI community grant, the Hardwood Forestry Fund began the process of turning an old soybean field in Devil's Lake State Park into a forest by planting 23,000 hardwood seedlings.

December 2011

With the help of an SFI community grant, the Hardwood Forestry Fund began the process of turning an old soybean field in Devil's Lake State Park into a forest by planting 23,000 hardwood seedlings. The SFI conservation grant project will maintain the ecological and economic success of the forest and respond to forest fragmentation.

Forester Paul L. Kloppenburg of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) Division of Forestry in Sauk County, one of the project partners, says a study this summer found the overall survival of the red oak, white oak, black walnut and black cherry seedlings at more than 95 percent.

Annual monitoring of the trees will involve youth who will learn about tree identification and handle the tally sheets. As the trees which were four to 18 inches high this summer, depending on the species grow, they will create habitat for plants and animals needing deep forest conditions to survive, as well as providing forest products for economic benefits.

In addition to the Hardwood Forestry Fund and state Division of Forestry, project partners include the WDNR Bureau of Parks & Recreation; WDNR State Nurseries Program; Sauk County Sauk County Conservation, Planning & Zoning Department, and Youth Environmental Projects of Sauk County.