Earth Day 2015: Planting 10,000 Trees
Rockler Woodworking and Hardware's partnership with the Hardwood Forestry Fund will result in the planting of 10,000 trees. The Earth Day 2015 effort involves two separate planting projects – one in northwestern Indiana and another in southeastern Ohio. The plantings will feature hardwood species including Northern Red Oak, White Oak, and Black Walnut.
A not-for-profit, educational organization, The Hardwood Forestry Fund targets planting and management of commercially valuable hardwoods, including black cherry, black walnut, red oak, hard maple, hickory, ash, and others. All trees planted by the Hardwood Forestry Fund require a management plan, harvest, and regeneration schedule.
Help us ensure a steady source of beautiful domestic hardwoods for generations to come. To learn more about the Hardwood Forestry Fund and make your own contribution, please visit their web site at www.hardwoodforestryfund.org.
Planting 5,000 Trees in the Gifford State Forest of Southeastern Ohio
Gifford State Forest is situated in the hill county of southeastern Ohio. The smallest of the Ohio state forests, this 320 acre area is located just north of Sharpsburg in Bern Township, Athens County. The land was donated to the Division of Forestry in 1959 and was used as a seed orchard facility to produce seed for the state’s tree nurseries.
The two tree planting sites are open areas that have been burned annually in the past. Currently, they are reverting fields that the Division of Forestry mows on an annual/biennial basis. The site preparation requirements involve a fall mowing and spring application of a pre-emergent, broad-spectrum herbicide as well as follow-up maintenance.
This tree planting will speed up forest succession for these reverting fields. The oak and black walnut trees will benefit wildlife populations, as opposed to the alternative of allowing solely natural regeneration in this area which would likely result in a forest of black locust, sycamore, cottonwood, ailanthus, autumn olive and other less desirable species. This planting will result in a mostly oak forest to help reach some of the goals in Ohio’s state forest action plan.
Planting 5,000 Trees on the Doak Property of Northwestern Indiana
The Doak Property was acquired by Purdue University in 2010 from the State of Indiana. Its natural resources had been in a state of neglect for over ten years. Purdue University’s Department of Forestry and Natural Resources took possession of the property to fulfill the original intent of the gift and meet a significant natural resource management need in northwest Indiana.
Since 2011, the property has been progressively managed to restore its use and function for high quality tree plantation, forest, and wildlife habitat research and education. The intent will be to manage the tree plantations and native forest lands to promote high quality hardwood management to professionals, the general public and local school age children.
The trees will be machine-planted and will benefit from competing vegetation controlled for three years. Tree growth and survival will be monitored over time as genetically selected trees are tested to confirm genetic improvement. Noncommercial thinning will occur every 10-15 years or as needed to maintain vigorous growth. Initial commercial thinning could occur as early as 40 years with maturity coming around 80-100 years.