This project is occurring on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge just north of Weaver, MN. Portions of the site are dominated by Green Ash Trees which are expected to die from the invasive Emerald Ash Borer. By getting moderately shade-tolerant tree seedlings established prior to losing the ash trees, there is a greater chance of trees regenerating before reed canary grass invasion prevents regeneration.
During 2016 site preparation was completed and tree and shrub seedlings were planted on approximately 55 acres. Included in this project was a unique opportunity to work with a power company to plant native shrubs under a power line, where trees are normally not allowed to be planted. Follow-up weed control is planned for 2017.
Funding is being provided by the Outdoor Heritage Fund, McKnight Foundation, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and Aveda Corporation.