Anyone who has driven through Michigan has likely noticed the plantation type conifer plantings that dot the landscape. Many were planted years ago (70) by the CCC under the State and Federal reforestation programs. Extensive additional acreages have been planted by individual landowners in co-operation NRCS, FSA, Conservation Districts and local Extension offices.
There are all kinds of conifer plantations in Michigan and they range from one acre to several hundred acres in size. They are of different ages, in different growing conditions and subject to varying management practices. There are plantations of red, white, jack and scotch pine, larch, Douglas fir, balsam fir and mixtures of all. They have been established for a variety of purposes including Christmas trees now abandoned, soil stabilization, wind breaks, reforestation, and wildlife. Most of these plantings exist on abandoned farm lands, hill sides, and lower productive agricultural lands.
Even today, the addition of pine spruce and fir trees to the landscape can significantly improve wildlife movements, winter habitats and diversity on your property. Sometimes just adding a few hundred spruce trees to a landscape can have a profound impact. As an example; 400 conifer trees planted 10 to 12 feet apart will cover approximately one acre of land. In just a few years this acre will be providing excellent habitat for a variety of wildlife species.
If you are looking to add a few trees to your local landscape, please contact us!