Magazine article American Forests

Restoring Ecosystems in 2001

Magazine article American Forests

Restoring Ecosystems in 2001

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For the 11th consecutive year, AMERICAN FORESTS' Global ReLeaf Center will plant hundreds of thousands of trees in ecosystem restoration projects across the United States and around the world. This year, close to 4 million trees will be planted in more than 50 domestic and international projects.

* In Louisiana's Natchitoches Parrish, for example, swamp rabbits, mink, and white-tailed deer will benefit from AMERICAN FORESTS' planting of 200,000 black oak, nutall oak, and green ash. Conservation practices on this abandoned plantation will ensure more productive wildlife habitat, improve water quality, and reduce soil erosion for years.

The number of songbird species that visit the area is expected to increase, which will benefit the site's use for outdoor classroom activities. It also will be a recreational site for disabled citizens.

* More than 20,000 cedar, maple, ash, dogwood, and wild plum, among other species, will be planted at the 75-acre Fonferek's Glen County Park in Brown County, Wisconsin. The project will reforest old crop fields and pastures and an abandoned rock quarry that has degraded over the years.

The county purchased the area to preserve the site's unique features- including a stone archway, waterfalls, rock outcroppings, rare vegetation, and fossil deposits-and hopes to use it to teach middle- and high school students why trees are important to their lives.

* Included in the nearly 4 million-tree total are a number of projects that AMERICAN FORESTS has or is funding over more than one year. …

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