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Partners for Fish and Wildlife Forest Restoration Tree Planting Project Completed with a Boy Scout Work Day
Midwest Region, May 2, 2013
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Scouts and family members learning to plant trees with a tree planting bar
Scouts and family members learning to plant trees with a tree planting bar - Photo Credit: IMcCarty
Scouts planting wildlife shrubs and trees along a hard forest edge to restore two acres of forest
Scouts planting wildlife shrubs and trees along a hard forest edge to restore two acres of forest - Photo Credit: IMcCarty

On April 13, 2013 a Boy Scout work day helped to plant 880 tree seedlings for a two-acre Partners for Fish and Wildlife restoration project in Switzerland County, Ind. Twenty scouts and family members worked hard planting trees.

This project is spearheaded by the landowner's son as a Boy Scout Project towards completion of the Hornaday Award and to use the project as an Environmental Education Experience for his troop. The USFWS-Partners for Fish and Wildlife Biologist Susan Knowles and Indiana Department of Natural Resources District Biologist Grauel have helped guide the scouts and landowner during the project.

This project in Switzerland County, Indiana focused on upland forest restoration and edge feathering by planting 2 acres of hardwood tree and shrub species for the benefit of forest songbirds including various warblers (cerulean warbler, kentucky warbler, worm-eating warbler, wood thrush) and raptor species. The geographic location of this site falls within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Indiana Partners for Fish and Wildlife Muscatatuack Flats and Lowlands region of high conservation priority.

The landowner partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Indiana Department of Natural Resources to complete this shrub and tree planting project. Current conditions are in hard edge. The project focused on the establishment of hardwood species by planting wildlife shrubs and trees according to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources District Biologist and the Partners for Fish and Wildlife plan.

The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program supplied financial assistance towards completion of the project and technical assistance. In addition, as the site ages to a diverse community of oaks, hickory and native shrub, it will serve as important habitat for various other migratory birds and wildlife, possibly including the federally endangered Indiana bat. The habitat will provide breeding, stopover, and wintering habitats for migratory birds (ie: wood duck, cerulean warbler, wood thrush, Kentucky warbler, worm-eating warbler, yellow warbler) and other wildlife.

In addition, species of upland game (ie. northern bobwhite quail, turkey & white-tailed deer) are expected to utilize the area. This restoration will facilitate ongoing efforts to enhance the wildlife habitat on the property including a 2006-07 prairie restoration of 46.5 acres and will help improve water quality in the form of reduced soil erosion and sediment deposition.


Contact Info: Susan Knowles, (812) 522-4352, Susan_Knowles@fws.gov



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