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  • The Two Hearted River near Lake Superior. The Nature Conservancy purchased 23,338 acres in Luce County in 2005 as part of the Northern Great Lakes Forest Project.
  • Scientists studied the composition of the Two Hearted forest. While much of the area contains high-quality wetlands, scientists discovered a lack of diversity in the forest composition.
  • Jon Fosgitt and Gene Holbrook. The Nature Conservancy contracted with Compass Land Consultants to develop a management plan to selectively harvest certain trees in the Two Hearted forest.
  • Trees marked with an “S” denoted a tree saved for seeds. After carefully inventorying the Two Hearted forest, two small areas were selected for this winter’s cutting.
  • Jon Fosgitt explains the selective harvesting technique. Foresters take painstaking steps to ensure a careful harvest, leaving old-growth and other select trees untouched.
  • Specialized equipment for sustainable forestry. The loggers can carefully cut sugar maple trees out of the Two Hearted, allowing for a greater diversity of trees to grow as they did before.
  • Survey work. Jon Fosgitt and Gene Holbrook take a step back during the harvesting process to survey their work and see how the seed tree might spread out in years to come.
  • Gene Holbrook, independent logger. Working forests bring $3.5 billion in timber-related revenues to Michigan’s economy every year. When managed properly, they help the economy and the environment.
  • Jon Fosgitt and Gene Holbrook look over their work at the end of the day. Trees harvested from the Two Hearted will heat 10-15 homes in Newberry, be made into railroad ties, and turned into paper.
  • Black-throated blue warbler. Once a diverse array of trees grow back, species will return to the habitat, which also provides a new oasis for species migrating north as they adapt to our planet’s changing climate.
  • To support The Nature Conservancy’s work in the Two Hearted and beyond, please visit the Ways of Giving section on Michigan’s website (nature.org/michigan).
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