Rockler Supports Hardwood Forestry Fund

Rockler Supports Hardwood Forestry Fund

In an ongoing effort to give back to local communities and future woodworkers, last summer Rockler donated $50,000 to the Hardwood Forestry Fund (HFF) to support 2021 tree-planting projects across the country.

Rockler has donated more than $100,000 to HFF over the last 13 years to fund tens of thousands of tree plantings nationwide. These donations have helped subsidize reforestation projects in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and elsewhere.

Hardwood forest in northern Minnesota
Minnesota’s current reforestation efforts are just one of many grant initiatives by the Hardwood Forestry Fund.

“We’re proud to be able to help grow beautiful, sustainable forests,” says Ann Rockler Jackson, executive chairman of Rockler Companies. “The North Shore and surrounding forests are a treasure. We know this reforestation project will improve the forest stands and give us a healthy, renewable forest for the future.”

Representatives of the Minnesota DNR at the planting of hardwood trees
This nonprofit has planted and managed more than four million trees in 30 states and four foreign countries since 1990.

Since 1990, HFF has planted and managed more than four million trees in 30 states and four foreign countries. Native tree species are selected for each unique site, but the more common species planted include black cherry, black walnut, red oak, hard maple, hickory and ash. Every sponsored project is required to have a management plan and a harvest and regeneration schedule.

One of those initiatives, shown in the photos here, is being undertaken by Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in the Finland State Forest near Schroeder, Minnesota.

Ovehead view of Minnesota hardwood forest
For more than a decade, Rockler has supported a wide variety of tree-planting initiatives by the Hardwood Forestry Fund in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota. These efforts will help to ensure high quality, renewable lumber sources and healthier forested lands for many years to come.

“This stand of maple has been experiencing some dieback in the crowns over the last 10 to 15 years,” says Anna Heurth, a silviculturalist with the Minnesota DNR’s Division of Forestry. “So we’re planting a total of 78,000 seedlings on this site to create a greater diversity of species.”

The area is being replanted with predominantly northern red oak as well as white pine and white spruce.

Bag of saplings waiting to be planted
Around 78,000 saplings will help to restore stands of maple trees that have been lost to dieback over the past 10 to 15 years in Minnesota’s Finland State Forest, along the scenic North Shore of Lake Superior.

What the DNR hopes to see in the next decade as a result of these efforts is a mixed hardwood forest of oak, birch and aspen, as well as a conifer component. Heurth says the site is a perfect example of a hardwood forest that needs to be restored. “The Hardwood Forestry Fund is timber-industry directed, and that is really interesting to me,” Heurth says. “The DNR applied for a grant from HFF because (HFF) funds restoration projects like this, and they’re a really good fit for what we do.”

Close-up view of freshly planted red oak sapling
Among a variety of native species, the Minnesota DNR is planting northern red oak and several types of conifers to create greater biodiversity at this site.

Rockler’s commitment to reforestation is obviously important to the future of woodworking, but the company also recognizes the value of forests as a tremendous natural resource for wildlife, recreation and learning as well as to help counteract the effects of climate change. “I think it’s important that a Minnesota-based company like Rockler is supporting our forests in Minnesota and also the Hardwood Forestry Fund,” Heurth adds.

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