Reston, VA – The Hardwood Forestry Fund, in partnership with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry, is organizing a hardwood tree planting project in tribute to long-time industry advocate John Grunwald. The spring 2011 tree planting will occur at Indiana's Yellowwood State Forest under the direction of John Seifert - State Forester for Indiana and managed on the ground by Amy Spalding - a resource specialist with the Indiana DNR Division of Forestry. The Hardwood Forestry Fund is coordinating funding for the project and seeks donations from forest products industry and individuals.

The planting site is a recent acquisition by IN-DNR. This project is being undertaken to show private landowners how to successfully convert an idle field to a productive high quality hardwood forest. The effort targets native hardwoods that have high wildlife and commercial values - red oak, white oak, cherrybark oak, black walnut and black cherry. We will plant 18 acres with 16,000 trees in spring 2011. The trees will be managed for timber products with harvest beginning in 2096.

Our total goal is $10,900. (Budget breakdown is $5,000 for trees, planting labor and weed control $5,400, and signage $500. (IN-DNR is providing site prep at an approximate cost of $2,000 as well as long term management of the site). The HFF believes that prospective contributors would like to get involved with the project because it honors John Grunwald, a forest products industry advocate who worked aggressively for the wood products industry until his sudden death in April 2009. John Grunwald will be remembered for his efforts that benefited hardwood timber production and active forest management on our nation's forests.

Donations can be sent to the Hardwood Forestry Fund, 1825 Michael Faraday Drive, Reston, VA, 20190. Write “Grunwald” on the memo line of your check. Contributions by credit card can be made at the Hardwood Forestry Fund’s website.

Using seedling planting, direct seeding, and forest management techniques to promote natural regeneration, the Hardwood Forestry Fund creates sustainable forests on suitable and quality public sites. The young forests are managed for wildlife habitat, water quality, soil conservation, timber products, and natural resource education. The Hardwood Forestry Fund is a 501 (c) (3) educational foundation based in Reston, VA and is supported by forest products industry, conservation-focused foundations, and individuals. Contributions are deductible to the extent allowed by law. TAX ID: 54-1674210

SOURCE: Hardwood Forestry Fund

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