MISSOULA, Mont. - Polaris Industries gave the National Forest Foundation a $10,000 grant to restore portions of the Chippewa National Forest.
Situated in the upper headwaters region of the Mississippi River watershed, the Chippewa National Forest encompasses more than a half-million acres of forest and wetlands and is home to one of the highest concentrations of nesting bald eagle pairs in the continental United States. In August 2012, a storm with severe 85 mph winds hit the Chippewa National Forest, toppling mature red and white pine trees on more than 12,000 acres.
With support from Polaris Industries Inc., the NFF is working with the Chippewa National Forest to restore the areas most affected by this event. The project, scheduled to begin in the spring, will plant more than 20,000 native conifer seedlings to replace those felled by the storm. Reforestation will ensure that mature trees, particularly red and white pine, are available for nesting bald eagles well into the future.
According to Stacy Bogart, president of the Polaris Foundation, “Polaris is proud to join with the National Forest Foundation to help restore this treasured forest at the headwaters of the Mississippi. We are thrilled to be making a positive impact on a National Forest in our home state, and honored to be part of the important work the NFF is doing.”
“Polaris’s pledge to support reforestation on the Chippewa National Forest will expand this vital wildlife habitat and restore forest cover. We are proud to partner with Polaris and admire their commitment to improving the world through responsible business practices,” said Bill Possiel, president of the NFF.
The National Forest Foundation (www.nationalforests.org) is a congressionally-chartered, nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the U.S. Forest Service in caring for the 193-million-acre National Forest System. Polaris’s support of this project marks an expansion of the NFF’s Trees for US program, which is reforesting high priority areas of the National Forest System.
From a press release. Posted by Vince Guerrieri