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Wild Roots

CRA is pleased to announce - we launched the next season of Wild Roots! The second installation of our new reforestation initiative kicked off this November. Over a 5-year period, Wild Roots aims to plant 100,000 native trees on public and private lands to restore and improve natural habitat. The pilot program goes hand in hand with CRA’s ongoing streambank restoration and instream habitat improvement work. CRA has successfully planted over 30,000 native trees and shrubs in the last 3 years.  

Northern Michigan’s landscape is defined by its gorgeous hardwood forests. However, pests, diseases, and deforestation are threatening the survival of our prized, natural woodlands. Without planting new trees, we can expect our beautiful landscape to thin out and lose its majesty. 

Forests are also essential to wildlife across our region - from terrestrial to aquatic. Trees provide food and shelter for animals and protect their habitats from harmful pollutants, erosion, and flooding. In order to make the greatest impact, Wild Roots’ plantings target newly restored project sites and lands vulnerable to erosion, pollutants, and invasive species.

Beyond their immediate impact, trees and shrubs are the most efficient and cost-effective method of carbon sequestration to date - our best defense system against climate change. From reducing runoff and flooding, filtering pollutants, providing shade and habitat to people, animals, and our precious water bodies alike - trees play an integral role in each of our lives.

Funding for the program is provided by Consumers Energy Foundation, U.S. Forest Service’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, USDA Forest Service Huron-Manistee National Forest, and ITC .

The order period for the 2020 season of Wild Roots is closed, but sign up for our mailing list to be notified of the program next year, or become a member and you will qualify for our member seedling giveaway in the spring of 2020!  Become a member here:

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