We plant trees that are 1) native to the area, 2) will thrive in the expected climate 40 years from now, and 3) create a natural micro environment for beneficial insects.

What that means is that we look for trees that are currently at the northern edge of their range. With help from the DNR Forest Ranger, we select species fit for the particular location’s topography, soil, and moisture.

Trees are NOT planted mindlessly in rows as mono-culture. Rather, they are organized as naturally as possible according to species preference. For example wet lovers like the Black Spruce follow the moisture channels, a higher density of the conifers on the north side so they don’t shade out the Maples, etc.

Included within the new forest are small clearings as well because that’s naturally good for the birds and the bees. (Not necessarily a metaphor.)

Specifically for Plot A: (ranked in likely order of density.)

  • White Pine
  • Red Maple
  • Red Oak
  • Red Pine
  • Aspen
  • Yellow Birch
  • White Oak
  • Hard (sugar) Maple
  • Paper Birch
  • Black Walnut
  • White Spruce
  • Black Spruce

It’s important to diversify the planting stock to protect against tree disease, pests, and climate unsuitability of the future. But we also want long-lived species for maximum carbon storage.

At this time, we are unable to guarantee you a specific species. We are too new and too small. But when you buy more than one tree you are likely to own several species in your personal grove.