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Oak understory habitat restoration


This is a High Conservation Value area that contains a terrific stand of mature oaks. The oaks are a valuable component and are very difficult to recruit in the next stand of oaks. There is also some other tree species that are present in smaller numbers (sugar maple, basswood, paper birch, and aspen). Any timber harvesting in the past has led to a proliferation of sugar maple and ironwood seedlings pushing the forest to a sugar maple/ basswood dominated forest type. There is no clear method to establish oak successfully with modern deer densities without fencing. Fencing research has shown that by fencing out the deer on a quality oak stand they are able to successfully regenerate the stands back to oak. There are many issues with fencing and looking for other opportunities to regenerate oak is part of this project. Part of the project includes the trial of galvanized growing cages. A Minnesota company has been contacted about manufacturing of some of these growing cages. They have a similar product and thought that it could be done while meeting the price point.

Program Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program

Status Completed

Dates 12/06/2013 - 06/30/2016

Project Manager Steve Hanson

Grant Recipient Lakes Area Gobblers

Grant Recipient Type Non-Profit Business/Entity

Primary Funding Source(s) Outdoor Heritage Fund

Grant Amount $23,850

Expended $16,409

Statutory Reference M.L. 2016, Chp. 172, Art. 1, Sec. 2, Subd. 5(K)

Management Unit(s) State

Habitat(s) Forest

Activity Type(s) Restoration/Enhancement

Primary County Becker


Latest Indicator Number of acres enhanced

Target 35 Acres

Measurement 305 Acres

Target Summary planned acres

Measurement Summary completed acres