Wood veneer manufacturer Veneer Technologies sponsored two tree-planting projects in partnership with the Hardwood Forestry Fund, including on six acres in Gill State Forest near Newland, N.C., and 31 acres encompassing three sites in southeast Minnesota.
The Gill State Forest site promotes the restoration of northern red oak and more than 2,600 seedlings were planted by hand. Intermediate thinning will occur in 30 to 40 years and a final harvest will occur in 80 to 100 years.
The Minnesota project involved the planting of 4,750 seedlings including black walnut, black cherry, white oak, northern red oak and swamp white oak. These trees could be harvested in 70 to 90 years, according to the company.
In a statement, Veneer Tech spokesman John Varner says the Hardwood Forestry Fund partnership is a natural way for the company to give back. “Wood is a renewable resource, benefitting not only our industry, but also wildlife and people who enjoy forest environments. Funding tree planting and management programs on public lands to create healthy and abundant new hardwood forests is in everyone’s best interest.”
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