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Fencing Program

Tree Fencing For Less $

The North Shore coastal forest is a significant white tailed deer concentration “winter yarding” area. During winter months the near-shore of Lake Superior is relatively warmer and tends to have lower snow levels compared to areas away from “The Big Lake”. Thus, deer gravitate and concentrate along the North Shore forest landscape–and they are hungry. Tree fencing helps landowners protect young trees from winter deer browsing. Thanks to a generous donation from the Weeke’s Family Foundation, we’ve been able to offer tree fencing packages at a discounted price.

NOTE: Our discount priced fencing program is only offered to North Shore landowners in the springtime to those on our email list. We send out an email notice in mid-winter for North Shore landowners to order fencing. Of course, you may still purchase full-priced fencing from hardware stores of your choosing year-round.

Helpful Hints

How to Install Tree Fencing

The following video explains why we use tree fencing on the North Shore and how to install it after planting:

UMN Extension Video w/ Educator Mike Reichenbach and North Shore Landowner Dana Dickson (2022):

Other Protective Measures

In some areas, snowshoe hare will also browse on young trees. In these cases, we recommend also adding chicken wire around the deer exclosure (or directly around the seedling or tree) to prevent the snowshoe hare from nibbling the young seedling & tree.

Fencing Only Package

Fencing only package includes:

  • One 50-foot fence roll by six-feet high
  • Ten (10) steel rebar stakes (4-foot lengths)
  • 30 zip ties (for anchoring the fence to the stakes)
  • A single 50-foot fence roll can create three to five single-tree enclosures, or one 12-foot by 12-foot multi-tree enclosure.

Watch for ordering information in February or March

Full-Service Packages

Full-service package includes:
  • One 50-foot fence roll by six-feet high
  • Ten (10) steel rebar stakes (4-foot lengths)
  • 30 zip ties (for anchoring the fence to the stakes)
  • A single 50-foot fence roll can create three to five single-tree enclosures, or one 12-foot by 12-foot multi-tree enclosure.
  • Five (5) white pine seedlings donated by Minnesota Power’s Rajala Woods Initiative
  • Delivery, planting and fencing of your trees. Planting and fencing time limited to 2 hours.

We realize planting trees takes time and physical effort. To alleviate these concerns, we are offering Full-Service Packages are available for a discounted cost of $200 – a 50% discount off the actual price.

Watch for ordering information in February or March

Fencing Program History

For generations, residents on the North Shore have tried many methods to protect young trees from deer browsing. Many methods have proven to have little to no effect. However, using wire fencing has proven to be the most efficient and effective way to protect young trees when the tree is most vulnerable to deer browsing–fencing is needed until the tree is approximately 7 feet in height, and out of reach for the deer. Since 2015, the NSFC has been able to provide discount-priced fencing to North Shore residents to encourage them to purchase fencing to protect young trees they have planted on their properties. This program has been made available during an annual window, typically beginning in February, and ending in early Spring, until sold out. This program is only available through the generous contributions from the Weekes Family Foundation.