kids filling a hole of a newly planted tree
June 1, 2021
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Grantees begin restoring habitat with in-person events

Grantees have begun restoring habitat at parks across Minnesota. Under P&TC’s habitat restoration grant program, friends groups are planting trees, removing invasive species, and helping to establish native woodland species. See the albums below for a sneak peak into some of these projects.

Friends of Camden State Park

This group was ambitious and completed their whole project already! They planted and protected large trees that are more resilient to climate change. These trees will provide shade and replace dead and infected trees.

📷: Friends of Camden

two volunteers lift a tree into a hole to be planted
dad and two kids shoveling a hole to plant a tree
Tree next to a hole it will be planted in
South picnic area after trees were planted and caged
two volunteers filling the hole of a newly planted tree
volunteers discussing how to best approach the protective fencing
person with mask kneeling by plants
volunteer demonstrates how to plant a bare root plant
plants to be installed with
woman holding a plant she will put into ground
Wild geranium id sign with qr code
woman kneeling next to plant
Man in red sweatshirt unrolls green fencing
volunteers walk out to the planting site

Friends of Chester Woods

This group is removing buckthorn and other invasive species and replacing them with native woodland plants. In May, they hosted a volunteer event to install native woodland species, such as wild geranium, zig zag goldenrod, and columbine.

📷: Ashley Pethan/P&TC

Friends of Lake Shetek State Park

Fourteen volunteers planted 25 bur oak trees in a bid to help re-establish more of this native tree into the landscape. They installed caging around them to protect them from deer browse and beaver activity.

📷: Roseann Schauer, MnDNR

Two young volunteers install a tree cage fencing
A young volunteer pulls mulch from a tractor and places around a newly planted tree
two men prepare tools to install tree cages
A group of volunteers pose next to a tree they planted and protected