Forest Recovery Project

Forest Recovery Project Mission Statement:

Engaging the Door Peninsula community to understand, strengthen, and protect our native forest ecosystems.

Forest Recovery Project Vision Statement:

Through environmental education and community involvement, the Forest Recovery Project aims to increase the level of awareness and citizen participation in forest recovery and enhancement practices.  By collaborating with schools, conservation organizations, and businesses, the Project encourages participatory ecological stewardship that supports sustainable management of our native forests.

A community effort to enhance, restore and sustain our native forests 

Why Recover Our Forests? Forests are the very lungs of our communities. Trees filter air, hold moisture, sequester carbon, and provide oxygen for all living beings, scenic beauty, spiritual fulfillment and wonderful places to enjoy and connect with nature. They support rich ecosystem webs teeming with diverse plants, animals and fungi. As such, trees engender a Sense of Place and provide important pillars of our economy and general well-being.

With few exceptions, the Door Peninsula was entirely forested for thousands of years. Our native forest was an Old Growth wonderland growing from coast to coast and containing huge trees the likes of which are very rare today. Those trees added structure to a wide variety of ecosystems and habitats helping make the Door Peninsula home to an incredible level of biological diversity.

The many changes of modernity have left the surviving patches of forest ecosystems shadows of their original majesty, diversity and functionality. The isolation and cumulative edge effects currently experienced leave these often dislocated ecosystems vulnerable to decline even before we factor in the deleterious effects of climate fluctuation and invasive species. Under such pressures, maintaining these intact remnants of our ancient forests will likely become increasingly difficult.

Who are We? The Forest Recovery Project is a not-for-profit effort to strengthen, enhance and protect our native forest ecosystems. We emphasize environmental education, community involvement and ecological stewardship ethics in practice, to support sustainable management of our native forests through forest recovery and enhancement practices such as:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPlanting of native trees and shrubs

Invasive species control, Appropriate thinning

Tree release to enhance healthy tree growth and lumber production

Natural habitat structures  including nest and den boxes, raptor platforms, etc.

Stewardship training, Native plant rescue

Supporting our local forest products industry

Steering Committee Members:

Katie Krouse, Baileys Harbor- Ridges, CCC/LNRP
 Brian Madigan, Southern Door
Chris Olson, Egg Harbor- County Sanitarian’s office, LNRP
Allison Perrigoue, Baileys Harbor
Dick Smythe, Sister Bay- US Forest Service Research (ret), Climate Change Coalition, Newport SP Friends, UUFDC
Scott Roberts, Sturgeon Bay
Bonnie Ansley, Fish Creek- Microsoft
Amber Hamilton, Baileys Harbor- Ridges Sanctuary
Bob Bultman, Baileys Harbor- NERN, LNRP, GEO-DC, FoGTI

 

The Forest Recovery Project:

Stewardship Principles in Action Today  ~  Healthy Forests Tomorrow

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We need volunteers to assist us with outreach and events!  To join us or donate, please contact:

Bob Bultman

PO Box 151

Bailey’s Harbor, WI 

920.421.2283

restoredoor@gmail.com

HELP PLANT TREES TODAY FOR A HEALTHY TOMORROW!  All tax-deductible donations support restoration efforts on public lands in northern Door County.

This year’s project will be tree planting this spring.  We need dollars to purchase trees trees and volunteers to plant them. We appreciate your interest and generosity! A small investment in trees today will yield a bounty of goodness for the future. Thank you for your interest and consideration.