Our fall Native Seedling Sale is now over.
Twice a year, we coordinate the sales of young tree seedlings to support our region's native biodiversity. The native tree species in our catalogs are featured alongside a variety of grasses and wildflower blends, each carefully selected to match Benzie County's ecology. Many other products, like tree care supplies and seed mixes, are available year-round.
Order pickup: October 6
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Special thanks to the sponsors of this season's seedling sale:
Cherryland Electric Cooperative
- Heartwood Tier:
and Honor Bank
Bell Title Agency, Hill Top Soda Shoppe, Riverside Canoe Trips,
Rock’s Landing, State Savings Bank, Stormcloud Brewing Company,
Suzy Voltz at Real Estate One, and West Shore Bank
Planting Trees for Climate Resiliency with the Assisted Tree Range Expansion Project
During our spring sale, you can find a variety of species local to our region, as well as some that are more common in lower parts of Michigan. Those seedlings are part of the Assisted Tree Range Expansion Project (ATREP) line and are strategically chosen to support climate change research in our region.
ATREP is a citizen science initiative that is being developed in response to the ongoing and impending impacts of climate change felt in our region. Simply defined, assisted range expansion is, “the human assisted movement of species to areas just outside their established range in response to climate change, facilitating or mimicking natural range expansion.”
This project involves private landowners and community groups in reforestation using tree species where the native ranges reach their upper limits in southern to middle lower Michigan. By establishing species that are predicted to thrive in our region, you can help to increase ecosystem diversity, offset widespread tree die-offs, and ultimately improve the resilience of our future forests.
Maddy Baroli, ATREP project manager; and Kama Ross, former BCD forester, explain more about ATREP.
For other ATREP questions, please contact District Forester Ellie Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org