New Forest Fights Climate Change at Lake Lucerne
It all started with a call to an old friend. Jack Kallio (Facilities Manager at Lucerne) asked Randy Hammond if the camp could borrow a tree planting machine. Randy, owner of Huckleberry Tree Farm in Princeton, said sure. The next thing you know, 9,000 trees and 12 acres were planted. But first, a lot of other steps needed to be completed. Invasive thorny brush needed to be cut and removed. In September, an energetic crew of VIM volunteers went to work. Thanks to Mary Beth Nienhaus, Bill Keen, Gini Frey, Lisa Karls, Donna Kiefer, Wes Hurlburt, and Jack Kallio. Thanks also to all others who helped with this challenging job.
Then, the brush needed to be piled and safely burned. Jack Kallio, Bill Keen, Rev. Caleb McGregor (Port Edwards), and Site Director Tanner Clark all pitched in. Finally, the trees had to be purchased. Generous donations from Rev. Norm and Lucy Silvester and Mary Beth Nienhaus, along with Conference funds and support from Sue D'Alessio, made that happen. Camp Forester Jeff Niese ordered the trees from the DNR and delivered trees and hand tools to the site. Planting 6,000 red pine and 3,000 white pine required sorting, preparation and 3 long days of labor. Read more