Located in scenic northeastern Minnesota, Superior National Forest receives more than one million visitors annually. Superior is also home to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, a recreational delight known for its quiet beauty and miles of canoe routes, hiking trails and remote camping. The Forest borders the North Shore of Lake Superior and is home to approximately 2,000 lakes and rivers in total.
With generous support from Arbor Day Foundation members and sponsors, a number of projects are currently underway on most every Superior National Forest Ranger District this year. Projects include restoration of areas affected by the Ham Lake Fire of 2007, riparian planting along various streams, the Clara/Silver Island planting project, and the Inga South/Tomahawk pine restoration project. The results of these efforts will include cleaner water, and the improved habitat for wildlife such as the osprey, bald eagle and gray wolf. The USDA Forest Service is taking an all-lands approach to tree planting and forest health with these projects, involving state and local agencies, along with private landowners.
The continued support of members, donors and partners is vital to the continued health of the woodlands and the 400,000 acres of water covering this treasured landscape.
Blackwater River State Forest holds several distinctions which makes it a unique natural resource. This forest is the largest state forest in Florida. It is the central piece to the largest remaining contiguous tract of longleaf pine/wiregrass ecosystem in the world. It also is one of the most diverse habitats with more than 100 species of plants and animals to be found on a quarter of an acre. Home to rebounding populations of red cockaded woodpeckers, gopher tortoises and Florida black bears, this ecosystem is one of a kind but once was the dominant landscape throughout the Southeast.
The Need to Plant Trees
To bring life back... to ensure that the Blackwater River State Forest continues to thrive and benefit the environment for generations to come... replanting is desperately needed. Thanks to the efforts of the Arbor Day Foundation members and supporters... the forest management staff at Blackwater River State Forest can continue to execute their plans for longleaf pine reforestation as part of the restoration of this beautiful and scenic forest. Precise attention to the balance of life is crucial for survival. For that reason the Arbor Day Foundation is helping to replant more than 1,600 acres of the Blackwater River State Forest. Restoring such an area will help maintain the precarious balance among species. These new pine trees will help clean air and water, sustaining the ecosystems within as well as restoring a beautiful natural site that lures 21st-century people back into nature's spell.