NEW FOR 2021

Online payment by credit card or check (ACH) is required when you submit this form. Payment is via ProPay. No Refunds.

Recruit a neighbor to purchase fencing and you are eligible for a free roll! This neighbor must be new to the program and complete an online application. They must give your name as the reference for their participation. Supplies are limited.


Tree Species

White pine and northern white cedar are the focus of the program.  The program’s objective is to help restore white pine and white cedar trees to the north shore landscape. The fencing provided through this program should be used for fencing these two species.

Landowners are responsible for procuring their own tree seedlings. A list of sources can be found HERE.  It is important to ORDER YOUR SEEDLINGS EARLY as nurseries often run out of white pine and white cedar, which are in high demand. (Do not wait to see if you get fencing. If you meet our qualifications, you will probably receive fencing.)


There are two pickup locations for materials:  Isak Hanson Hardware in Lutsen, MN and Seagren’s True Value in Two Harbors. SOLD OUT.

You will only be able to select Isak Hansens in Lutsen as your pick-up location when you apply. WE CANNOT MOVE SUPPLIES FROM ONE SITE TO ANOTHER. YOU MUST PICK UP AT THE LOCATION LISTED ON YOUR CERTIFICATE.

One size of rebar.  Based on comments from past program participants, we offering 7′ rebar only again this year.  

Eligibility and Requirements

This program is for private landowners living within the NSFC area.  (From Lake/St. Louis County Boundary to the Canadian Border, and from the shore of Lake Superior to 3 miles inland).  Landowners in St. Louis County within 3 miles of Lake Superior, east of the Lester River, are also eligible. Businesses, organizations, governments, and schools are not eligible for the program.

Double reimbursement is not allowed.  Landowners participating in this program cannot claim reimbursement from MN DNR for the trees fenced with NSFC materials.

Documentation of tree planting and completing a survey is required as part of the program.  As in past years, photo documentation is required to complete your agreement to participate in the program.  

Do not wait until the last possible moment to order trees, to apply for the program, or to pick up your materials.

Additional Information

The cost to a landowner for each 50 foot roll of 6 foot high fencing, ten 7-foot lengths of rebar and 30 zip ties (for anchoring) is $30.00 – one-third the retail cost of these materials.

Each 50 foot roll will provide for 3-5 individual tree enclosures, or 1 small area enclosure. We suggest that 10 to 15 individual enclosures 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.  Leave your fencing around the tree(s) until they are at least 6 feet tall. The fencing is being provided specifically for protecting white pine and white cedar tree seedlings/saplings.

For answers to your planting and fencing questions, please contact Dana Dickson. Dana is a landowner with years of experience planting and fencing trees on the North Shore.

Click on the button below to order your Fencing Packages.


Program History

This is the sixth year we are offering this program.  In the first five years, 488 program participants planted and fenced over 12,709 white pine and white cedar trees on their properties along the shore.  These same individuals planted an additional 47,565 young trees, including white spruce, which do not require fencing.  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.

This program is funded by a generous grant from the Weekes Family Foundation.