Libman sponsors National Arbor Day Foundation07/29/2015
Since 2006, the Libman Company has been a corporate sponsor of the National Arbor Day Foundation. The sponsorship has provided for the planting of more than 35,000 trees in the Cary State Forest, Bayfield County Forest, and Shawnee National Forest.
Cary State Forest, FL
The Cary State Forest encompasses some 13,060 acres and is located in Duval and Nassau counties of Florida. The state forest attracts thousands of visitors each year for the educational experience provided by its open-air teaching pavilion and nature trail. Recently, several land acquisitions have increased the size of the Cary State Forest. Several forested areas of the new land acquisitions had been timber harvested by the previous landowner prior to being purchased by the state.
The management of Cary State Forest includes goals for biological diversity and habitat restoration goals. The new trees will help to maintain the health and vigor of the forest ecosystem and protect the water and habitat for animals that call this area home. The following species are listed as endangered, threatened or species of special concern and can be found residing on the Cary State Forest: eastern indigo snake, gopher tortoise, Sherman’s fox squirrel, and the Florida black bear.
During the 2009-2010 planting season, 300,000 slash pine trees were planted as part of the Florida Division of Forestry’s ecosystem management program. The project covers more than 400 acres of Cary State Forest and will make a big impact on the unique resources that this area has to offer. The goal to re-establish the newly acquired land in native pine species is well underway, thanks to our partners and the Florida Division of Forestry.
Bayfield County Forest, WI
Bayfield County Forest is a 167,000-acre public forest in northern Wisconsin -- one of 29 county forests in the state which total 2.4 million acres. The topography of the forest and surrounding area has glacial origin. Elevations range from 602 feet above sea level at Lake Superior to 1,610 feet on the western ridges of the Penokee Range in southeastern Bayfield County.
Bayfield County Forest’s 2011 planting effort is enhancing tree biodiversity across several different northern Wisconsin forest areas. Five different species of trees are creating connectivity with adjacent forest areas, re-establishing native forests lost over the last 100 years to insect problems and clear- cutting, and creating new habitat for bird species such as the Sharp Tailed Grouse and federally endangered Kirtland’s Warbler. Another goal of the project is to restore the boreal forest on the south shore of Lake Superior.
Typically the weather breaks in late April in northern Wisconsin and the County Forestry Department can begin coordinating tree planting. History shows that the typical 3 feet of snow and ground frost is gone by the third week in April; this year the snow lingered and planting was moved to mid May. Once weather cleared and planting crews were able to make their way from southern Wisconsin projects, more than 400,000 white pine, red pine, jack pine, white spruce, and tamarack trees were placed in the ground. Thanks to Arbor Day Foundation partners and members, this large-scale planting will benefit the upper Midwest for generations.
Shawnee National Forest, IL and National Wild Turkey Federation
The Shawnee National Forest, located in southern Illinois, is the largest contiguous block of public land in the state. The forest boasts unique character and natural beauty, making it a retreat and a destination vacation point for many visitors. Encompassing over one-quarter of a million acres, the forest is managed through environmentally sensitive, socially responsive and scientifically sound management practices.
In 2011 the Shawnee National Forest, in coordination with National Wild Turkey Federation, worked to restore bottomland hardwood forests that had been invaded by less desirable species. The project goal was to restore and regenerate oak/hickory bottomland hardwood forest habitat in the Big Muddy River floodplain. The Big Muddy River bottomlands constitute one of the largest continuous bottomland hardwood tracts in southern Illinois. The project area is 200 acres on the Shawnee National Forest in Jackson County.
The National Wild Turkey Federation works with federal and state wildlife agencies and other conservation non-profits to do on the ground habitat enhancement work on public lands such as this project.
The Libman Company is proud to continue the partnership with the National Arbor Day Foundation for 2013 and another 5,000 trees planted. For more information on the National Arbor Day Foundation, please visit www.arborday.org.