Protecting Rivers Through Tree Plantings

Protecting Rivers Through Tree Plantings

For mostly unknown reasons, there is virtually no natural reforestation of northern white cedar trees in northern Michigan, trees which, when grown at the water line, provide protection for fish, increase the amount of large woody debris in the water, as well as preserve the riverbank by locking in soil. Because of this, the group “Cedars for the Au Sable” has established a program of offering planting kits for river and stream shoreline owners that include: 10 northern white cedar seedlings, protective fencing material wooden stakes, and complete planting instructions. The group and 91 river property owners planted over 1,100 white cedar seedlings this Fall. For more information, please call Howard Johnson at (989) 753-6373, or visit their website



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West Grand Boulevard Collaborative, & Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve.