Red Lake To Restore Great Pine Forests
Red Lake Ojibwe Nation is working to bring back a cultural treasure.
Their new Forest Development Center will enable them to replant the
majestic pine forests that once covered their homelands.
"The 50-year plan is to replant the 50,000 acre Red Lake Indian Forest," said Gloria Whitefeather-Spears. "10% of the land is infrastructure, so 10% of the planting has been shifted to the ceded lands. The goal is to plant 250 acres each year per district, of an overall goal of 1000 acres per year."
Adjacent to the Red Lake elementary school, the center will do
more than grow trees. It will open its doors to students for
historical, cultural, and natural resource education. The forest
work itself will also be an area for education.
"We fool the seeds so that we can plant anytime of year by using cold storage," said Whitefeather-Spears. "
"We do ph tests on the water, and then modify the water for acidity that's proper for a particular tree, so that we can provide perfect conditions," she said.
The greenhouse helps regulates heat, light, cooling, shade, and ventilation. It has an irrigation system and a CO2 generator that helps keep the trees green and healthy.
All water in the greenhouse is reused, with a "flow-through" system, water is saved and then recycled.
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