Tree planting for wildlife

North St. Louis Soil and Water Conservation District is looking for volunteers to plant trees. The goal of this planting project is to increase conifer cover and forest diversity within the St. Louis River Corridor, which is a crucial area for wildlife and water quality.

We will be planting white spruce seedlings at a site that was harvested this past winter. SWCD staff will be present to explain the ecology of the site and discuss how land managers make decisions considering the effect they will have on water, soil, wildlife, and the larger landscape.

When: Saturday, April 22nd (Earth Day) and Saturday, April 29th, (Arbor Day Weekend)

12pm to 4pm – All are welcome! You may come plant trees for however long your schedule allows.

Where: The Planting site is located off of Highway 27 (Zim Road), 3.5 miles west of Highway 7

Some parking is available at the site, but may be limited by wet ground conditions. Additional parking is available at McDavitt Town Hall (1 mile east of the site on Highway 27), and individuals may be able to carpool to the site from there.

What to bring: Please wear clothing that you will be comfortable in outdoors and can get dirty. Sturdy boots and gloves are recommended but not required. Food and water is also recommended. Planting shovels will be provided.

RSVP: Please contact SWCD Forester Beth Peterson to RSVP and indicate which planting day you would like to attend.


Forest Stewardship Plans

How do I get started?

The District offers a free site visit and consultation for landowners with land management and tree care questions and concerns.  Ask our Forester your land management and tree care questions including insect, pest, disease, timber harvesting, planting and other landscape questions. We can help identify issues, propose solutions plus explain and navigate the numerous options available for your forest management project.

What is a Forest Stewardship Plan?

Forest Stewardship Plans are formal written plans that provide an overview of the landscape, technical advice, and long-range forest management planning. Plans are tailored to your specific goals and interests while maintaining the sustainability of the landscape. Forest stewardship plans are an excellent starting point for any forested-land owner interested in learning more about their resources and caring for the future of Minnesota forests. A written plan includes an inventory of your forest, sets long-term goals with possible funding for activities such as tree planting, timber stand thinning, timber harvesting, improving wildlife habitat, or creating a low-impact hiking trail.

Landowners with a current a Forest Stewardship Plan and eligible lands can enroll in State property tax relief programs, including the Sustainable Forest Incentive Act (SFIA), and 2c Managed Forest Lands.

What is The Process?

A forester will meet with you to determine your interests, conduct an inventory of your land, assess local and broader landscape level factors, and then write the plan. Once written, our forester will help you navigate any next steps you choose to take.

A Forest Stewardship Plan includes an aerial photo of your land, maps of the plant communities and cover types, an overview of management options, and predicted future conditions. Plans cover topics including:

  • Wildlife Habitat
  • Trail and access construction
  • Timber Harvesting
  • Tree Planting
  • Insect and disease issues

What is the fee for a FSP?

The District charges a plan writing fee of $225 plus $7 per acre included in the plan. You can also have a private forester write the plan if you wish. Be sure they are certified to write a forest stewardship plan if you intend to enroll your acres in a state or federal program.

Forestry Links

North St. Louis Soil and Water Conservation District Northland Office Building

307 1st St S, Suite 114
Virginia, MN 55792

Upcoming Board Meetings

Wednesday, November 8 at 10:30 a.m. Suite 118
The public is encouraged to attend.

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