Local Oak Reforestation Project Benefits from Green Communities Grant
The Maquoketa Wildlife Unit will soon be working on a special project to strengthen the oak forest community on local wildlife management areas (WMAs), thanks to a grant award from Rockwell Collins.
In late April, Rockwell Collins announced that the DNR would be the recipient of a 2014 Green Communities Grant. The Green Communities Grant Program supports grassroots conservation projects in the local communities in which Rockwell Collins operates. The program has been contributing to environmental stewardship for the last decade, and has provided funding for several local natural resource improvement projects.
The Maquoketa Wildlife Unit was awarded a $2,500 grant for a proposed oak reforestation project. The project is slated to take place this fall, which is an ideal time to establish new oak seedlings.
The project will entail planting fast growing, advanced oak seedlings on the Little Mill Creek WMA and the Big Mill Creek WMA. Both of these wildlife areas are located just outside of Bellevue, which is a community in which Rockwell Collins operates.
Planting oak seedlings into forested areas and forest edges on these WMAs will ensure that a new generation of healthy forest communities will continue to thrive on these areas. Oaks are an important component of our forested lands in Iowa, and are very desirable for their value to wildlife and humans alike.
Unfortunately, oak forests are disappearing across the Iowa landscape at an alarming rate. This project will help ensure that this trend will not continue on these public lands that are so critical for wildlife habitat and public recreation.
“The DNR is excited to be part of this Green Communities Grant project and would like to thank Rockwell Collins - especially the Bellevue location employees - for their partnership and support of a healthy environment,” said Curt Kemmerer, wildlife biologist for the Iowa DNR.