Best time for the trees

“The best time to plant trees was twenty years ago.
The second best time is now.”

That’s wisdom from the Minnesota Tree Planting Handbook. It’s especially true the next two weeks on the North Shore. Community groups and resorts are all ready for a busy tree planting season, and they really want your help. Earn a very cheap stay at a Gunflint lodge, or just help out the neighbors in Hovland.

The Gunflint GreenUp has become a huge event. After the 2007 Ham Lake fire,Gunflint residents and businesses turned crisis into opportunity. It’s not just a tree-planting event, it’s also a half-marathon and live music with dancing. It’s May 7-8. They’ve had so much success planting trees that they aren’t planting anymore, instead doing the VERY important work of clearing grass away from the trees that were already planted. That’s called “releasing,” and there’s lots of work to do.

If you really want to plant trees on the Gunflint, get in touch with Boundary Country Trekking. They’re planting trees along the Banadad Trail. Stay at Poplar Creek Guesthouse for cheap and help out. Their dates are April 30-May 2, May 7-9, and May 14-16. Volunteers eat well and stay two nights double occupancy for $89. Call Barb or Ted at (800) 322-8327 or write

On the North Shore proper, head for Hovland on May 1 or May 8. The good folks of the Flute Reed Partnership are planting 1300 white pine, black spruce and white spruce. Meet at 9:00 AM at the Hovland Town Hall…free box lunches will be provided! Contact Rick Schubert if you have any questions,

Plant trees…good for you, and good for the North Shore.


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