Duluth's Fond du Lac neighborhood has gained thousands of trees, thanks to the Duluth Stream Corps, the City of Duluth and Minnesota Land Trust.
The collaboration has planted White Pine, Red Oak, Bur Oak and many more in areas with a high population of Ash trees since May 2022. These efforts -- thanks to the Coastal Wetland Forest Restoration for Birds Initiative -- are in response to Emerald Ash Borer, which is killing off trees at an increasingly alarming rate.
Within the next 20 years, up to 80% of the Ash could be killed off. The aim is to replace these particular Ash-dense forests with much more diversity to keep these green spaces healthy and to prevent future disease/insect-caused deforestation.
The project will also improve species biodiversity, increasing the strength of Minnesota's Coastal forests amidst climate change.
Tree-planting efforts will last two years and when its complete, The City of Duluth will handle monitoring and maintenance through the Duluth Natural Areas Program.