During 2012 some very noticeable changes occurred at the Refuge Gateway. Through the help of nearly 800 volunteers representing groups from Detroit and Gibraltar Public Schools, Local Boy Scout Troops, and corporate volunteers, 330 trees were planted at the Refuge Gateway. Of the 330 trees, 271 were large, native 2”calipar trees (averaging 8-12’ in height) with the remainder comprising of native one- and five-gallon trees (3-5’ in height). Using larger trees will help to ‘jump-start’ the habitat resources for wildlife by providing canopy for food and shelter. Combined with trees planted during previous years, the site now supports over 450 trees comprised of 25 different species. Additionally, nearly 100 oak trees were planted in Humbug Marsh to ensure regeneration. All trees received mulch, stakes, and protection from wildlife along with weekly watering. This hard work resulted in an over 90% success rate for trees surviving the first season!
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