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CREATING A DIVERSE FOREST

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SO MANY OPTIONS

There are so many tree species that we can plant!  Often, people have a favorite tree and want to plant more of them in the same location.  While this may seem like a great idea, we actually want to avoid creating a mono-culture, or a large area dominated by a single species, as these can be less resilient to pests and other disturbances. Plant a variety of native Minnesota tree seedlings for your planting projects, to help create diverse, healthy forests.  A diverse forest is a beautiful forest!

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BIODIVERSITY

Diversity in the forest creates resilience, meaning if one tree species is lost due to a pest or other disturbance, another tree species can fill its “role” in the ecosystem.  By creating a mix of species in an area, the integrity of the forest is preserved due to the diversity of strengths. A variety of tree species also benefits wildlife by providing a mix of shelter and food sources.

Diverse forest landscape
mature tall white pine

WHITE PINE

very colorful Sugar maple

SUGAR MAPLE

Given the challenges posed by climate change, pests such as the spruce budworm in Minnesota, and emerald ash borer, and then wildfire, planting a diverse mix of species helps ensure the longevity and health of a forest, because a mix of species of native tree seedlings can withstand disturbances better than a stand of a single species of trees.

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PLANT TODAY. FOR TOMORROW.

Variety of tree species in forest

VARIETY

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SUSTAINABILITY

moose in water

WILDLIFE

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