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Jack Pine Planting for Kirtland’s Warbler Habitat East Unit Hiawatha National Forest. Title text here. 2010 Accomplishments.
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Jack Pine Planting for Kirtland’s Warbler Habitat East Unit Hiawatha National Forest Title text here 2010 Accomplishments Each spring, the Hiawatha National Forest awards a contract to plant more than a million tree seedlings on sites across the Forest. In 2010, these seedlings included 186,500 jack pine seedlings on sites that will be managed to provide habitat for Kirtland’s warbler (KW). KW is an endangered species that requires very dense stands of young jack pine for nesting. Stands that provide suitable conditions for nesting are stocked with about 1100 young jack pine trees per acre, about five to 15 feet tall. By contrast, jack pine stands that are not managed for KW habitat are usually planted with only about 800 trees per acre. The Hiawatha was very fortunate to receive grants from American Forests, which covered half of the cost of tree seedlings and of the planting contract. NFN3 funds covered the other half of these costs. The Hiawatha covered salary costs for preparing and administering the planting contract from other funds. In about five years, these sites should begin to provide habitat for KW NFN3 Expenditures Tree seedlings: $29,654 Tree planting contract: $19,034 Total $48,688 American Forests Expenditures Tree seedlings: $29,654 Tree planting contract: $19,034 Total $48,688 Contact Person & phone number: Jean Perkins 906-789-3354 Hiawatha National Forest Supervisor’s Office 2727 North Lincoln Road Escanaba, MI 49829 Figure 1. Summer 2010 Monarch Larvae on planted milkweed