5/13/2009

5247 trees, 2000 shrubs and 14 years later......


This is what my field looked like in 1995 when I planted 5,247 trees with grants from the Carbon Offset program, the Dept . of Conservation, Dept of Agriculture and the Dept. of Wildlife. In addition on Arbor Day that year 150 junior high kids help plant 2000 shrubs that provided food and habitat for wildlife. The field had been farmed for 100 years, was worn out and suffering from erosion. The little yellow guards are biodegradible and kept the deer from pulling up the seeding trees.

Below is a picture of this forest taken yesterday by the Dept. of Conservation agent while assessing the success of my venture. In 14 years it has succeeded beyond all our dreams. It provides habitat for deer, elk, moose, cougar, badger, racoons, weasels, skunks, grouse, quail, wild turkeys, and numerous species of birds we didn't have before such as chickadees and nuthatches.

10 comments:

Thelma said...

So awesome Gerry! What a major difference in the way it looks now. You have so much to be proud about. What a lot of work,,but definately paid off.

Skye said...

Oh my, this totally touched my heart...What beautiful landscape you've created and to do it for the "wildlife" you most definitely are a hero....Just gorgeous..hugs, Skye

Cathy K said...

This just boggles my mind. But I'm not surprised; everything you do is stellar! You're an amazing woman, a great example for all of us, and you know I love you very much. Hugs, Cathy

Marty52 said...

Amazing, Gerry! What a wonderful thing to do for the environment and all it means to everyone. So cool!

Ati. Norway. said...

Gerry , this is great! to help mother nature a little. So much forest disapears the last years.

Kim in Fargo, ND said...

Congratulations Gerry. Your vision (and the work of all those teenagers) will pay dividends for generations.

kerrykatiecakeskeb43 said...

Way to go, Gerry!
Hugs,
Kerry

Jo in NZ said...

What a COOL thing to do Gerry. Fantastic. I went on tree planting venture once on an island wildlife sanctury. It is nice to know that I played at part in that.
I also own a foresty investment ...but that one is purely for profit (hopefully)!!

Karen said...

Gerry,
So wonderful!! My dad would have loved your plan!! He always planted trees where he coulc.

Vintage Sandy said...

What a wonderful thing you have done I wish we had more like you...you go girl!!

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