2013-06-13 / Outdoors

Arbor Day plantings come from, to the U.P.

LANSING – The Department of Natural Resources recently announced that, with support provided by the Arbor Day Foundation, it planted more than seven million seedlings this spring on state forest land. In all, the DNR reforested about 7,500 acres in April and May. The Arbor Day Foundation supported the planting of 400,000 tree seedlings in both the northern Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula.

Many of the seedlings used in the planting efforts came from the DNR-operated Wyman Nursery in Manistique.

The DNR received support for reforestation projects including replanting areas burned last year during the Duck Lake Fire.

The Duck Lake Fire started on May 24, 2012, and over three days consumed 21,069 acres of state, federal and private forest land. Arbor Day Foundation support was used to help initial restoration plantings totaling 1.3 million jack pine seedlings on about 1,400 acres. The 2013 Arbor Day Foundation donation directly supported planting 150,000 seedlings as part of this work. Another 3,000 acres may need to be replanted in the next few years to restore other areas. About 80 percent of the burned area is expected to regenerate naturally from seed cast by surviving trees or from cones that were not consumed by the blaze.

For more information about state forest planning, visit www.michigan.gov/forestplan.

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