Convention will use reams of
Let’s plant some trees
by the Rev. Thomas D. Harries, St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, Richfield, MN
Minnesota Episcopal Environmental Stewardship Commission (MEESC) invites
you to celebrate the gift of natures’ bounty and respond with good stewardship
to the tremendous use of paper at General Convention. ‘Pay it forward’
by contributing to the cost of planting trees in Nerstrand
Big Woods State Park, located about 60 miles south-south-east of the
Twin Cities. Rather than plant trees for pulp, we will make a more lasting
contribution to a unique Minnesota forest. The purpose of this Tree
Project is to help offset the loss of CO2 to O2 exchange that will
happen through the use of paper at General Convention.
Shawn Fritcher, resource manager at the park, said the trees would be part of a broader restoration project. “The greatest benefit to the park and public,” Fritcher said, “will come from trees planted in strategic locations in the campground area, where older trees have died leaving gaps in the woods.” Campers will thus have an experience of camping right in the Big Woods.
White Oak, Red Oak, and Sugar Maple, are grown locally, from local genotype seeds harvested in or near the park. Once they reach a height of five to six feet and have a very good chance of survival, they will be transplanted to the campground. Care will be taken to protect them from deer for several years after they are planted in the park.
The total cost, which includes payment to the nursery, transplanting, and staff time to continue watering and protecting the trees while they get established, will be in the neighborhood of $180 per tree. All three varieties are long-lived hardwoods that are worth the investment.
Nerstrand Big Woods State Park is one of the last quality pieces of a forest that once covered the entire Twin Cities Metro Area. Much of the Big Woods was cut long ago for agriculture. The biggest pressure on the remaining stands is housing development. People like to live in the woods, but they often damage them in the process.
In the shelter of the Nerstrand Big Woods grows the Minnesota dwarf trout lily—a federally endangered forest wildflower that is preserved and protected within the park. The dwarf trout lily is endemic to Minnesota. It is found only within a 275 square mile area in Rice and Goodhue Counties that includes the Nerstrand Big Woods State Park.
If you are coming to General Convention as a delegate or visitor, take time to visit Nerstrand Big Woods State Park before you leave.
|We invite you to contribute the cost
of a tree, or whatever portion of the cost you can afford. The total cost,
which includes payment to the nursery, transplanting, and staff time to
continue watering and protecting the trees while they get established,
will be $180 per tree. All three varieties are long-lived hardwoods that
are worth the investment.
MEESC will be purchasing a number itself, so we know the project will go forward. Information on the number of trees will be posted on the MEESC website on activities at General Convention. If you, your congregation, or other group wishes to support this project, please send a check made out to "Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota" with the notation "Tree Project" on both envelope and check, to Karen Olson at the Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota, 1730 Clifton Place, Suite 201, Minneapolis, MN 55403-3242.
If individuals, congregations, dioceses or other church groups would like to challenge others to match a contribution, the MEESC Website and the Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota will support the effort. Check the Tree Project Webpage for further details and for information on the number of trees and the status of challenges.
NOTE: The Tree Project Webpage will be fully
active on May 23, 2003
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