Two women cutting wire fencing
September 30, 2018
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Installing tree cages around young pines

$5,000 grant

460 trees caged

190 volunteer hours

Pine trees are an important part of the forest ecosystem in Itasca State Park. Young pine trees are also a yummy treat for browsing deer. To protect the naturally growing pine trees, the friends group installed 460 tree cages. These cages ensure that the deer cannot eat the trees’ buds, giving the tree a better chance at surviving to an age and height where they can withstand deer browse and support the forest ecosystem.

Volunteers resting
The enthusiastic group of volunteers.
Man in woods with wire
Pulling a tree cage over to be installed.
Three women installing fencing in woods
Preparing the fencing and posts.
Four volunteers in woods with fencing
Preparing the fencing.