The North Shore Forest Collaborative is offering a deer fencing package at the discount price of $25 per roll to help landowners get more conifer trees planted and protected along the North Shore. Each package contains a 50- foot roll of 6-foot high fencing along with eight 7-foot lengths of rebar (for anchoring fence) and four fabric mats and pins (to reduce weed competition).
Private landowners interested in this program must complete an online application by April 7, 2017. Accepted applicants will be informed shortly thereafter. PLEASE READ DETAILS BELOW PRIOR TO APPLYING.
Priority will be given to properties adjacent to Highway 61 and those landowners with approved forest plans or who have participated in the Lost Forest program. However, those within the NSFC area, but more distant from the highway, and those without approved forest plans are also encouraged to apply to the program.
Landowners are responsible for procuring their own seedlings. A list of sources can be found here.
Help with planting and erecting fencing is also available to assist landowners who are physically unable to plant trees and erect exclosures on their property.
This year there will be two pickup locations for materials: Izak Hanson Hardware in Lutsen, MN and Gooseberry Falls State Park.
The cost to a landowner for each 50 foot roll of 6 foot high fencing, eight 7-foot lengths of rebar (for anchoring), and 4 fabric mats and pins is $25.00, which is one-third the retail cost of these materials.
Each 50 foot roll will provide for 4 or 5 individual tree exclosures, or 1 small area exclosure. We suggest that 10 to 15 exclosures be used per acre and be widely spaced and placed where there is an opening in the overstory created where a large tree has died.
This is the second year that we are offering this program. In its first year last spring, 38 participants planted and fenced over 1000 white pine and white cedar trees on their properties along the shore. An additional 3,000 white spruce trees which do not require fencing were planted. This program helps promote the mission of the collaborative, which is: To revitalize and maintain a healthy and functioning ecosystem along the North Shore of Lake Superior with emphasis on restoring and maintaining native trees and associated forest communities.
The program is funded by a grant from the Weekes Family Foundation with cooperation of Isak Hanson Hardware of Lutsen, MN and Gooseberry Falls State Park, MNDNR.
You will be contacted by phone or email and provided further information if you are selected for the program, including how to pay and where to pick up the materials. Those not selected will be notified by email.