More Trees for Midwest

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More Trees for Midwest


Wisconsin and Illinois will be 100,000 trees richer, thanks to a grant from The Ceres Trust to AMERICAN FORESTS' Global ReLeaf program. The Ceres Trust is a privately administered charitable trust based in the Midwest.

"The 100,000 trees that will be planted will help clean and cool the air and water, prevent erosion, and restore hardwood forests and native species diversity," Deborah Gangloff, AMERICAN FORESTS' executive director, said in announcing the grant.

The Ceres Trust board said in a release that it was pleased to both contribute to the restoration of Midwest hardwood forests and work to mitigate the effects of global warming.

Forty thousand trees will be planted in southwestern Wisconsin in a project that is converting highly erodible farmland into high-density hardwood forest. The goal is to protect and enhance the Lower Wisconsin Riverway, home to state-endangered and -threatened species like the ornate box turtle, red-shouldered hawk, and osprey, as well as 19 fish species and many other kinds of wildlife. …

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