Trees, trees, trees! Earlier this spring, volunteers, young and old, could be found with shovels in hand at seven state parks—Blue Mounds, Lake Bemidji, Minneopa, Sibley, Tettegouche, Whitewater, and Zippel Bay—where they were planting and protecting trees (and shrubs) in key areas of the landscape.
These projects were a true collaboration: implemented by each park’s Friends Group, coordinated by Parks & Trails Council and DNR staff, and funded by a generous grant from the Henry Crosby Jr. Foundation, plus additional funds by the Friends Groups.
At Sibley State Park, the park’s four camper cabins had been surrounded by invasive shrubs. Park staff were reluctant to remove them without having the means to provide a replacement. This project provided that means. The friends group teamed up with students from a Willmar-based charter school, to remove the invasives and plant 75 shrubs and 45 trees, which they finished off with protective cages.