Mississippi Park Connection and the National Park Service: Gravel Bed Tree Nursery
The gravel bed was constructed in 2016, and trees will be planted in Spring 2017.
The goal for the project is to install and demonstrate a successful, temporary gravel bed nursery on Kellogg Blvd. in Saint Paul in front of the Science Museum, using trees that are likely to survive in a changing climate. Growing trees in gravel prior to planting can help develop a stronger root structure, and helps ensure trees are planted at the right depth because the root line is more visible. To demonstrate the benefits of the gravel bed nursery, the project will provide educational and interpretive signage and information about the gravel bed nursery to the public, provide tours of the site to interested parties, and host volunteer events in partnership with Minnesota GreenCorps and the 2017 National Adaptation Forum.
Climate Change Impacts
Challenges and Opportunities
Project participants used the Adaptation Workbook to develop several adaptation actions for this project, including:
Strategy 3: Reduce the risk and long-term impacts of severe disturbances.
Using gravel beds to improve root structure to reduce vulnerability to drought and wind damage.
Strategy 9: Facilitate community adjustments through species transitions.
Planting climate adapted species such as Kentucky coffeetree, chinkapin oak, disease-resistant elm, buckeye, tulip poplar, American sycamore, black oak, and black maple, tupelo, and bald cypress.
10.1 Promptly revegetate sites after disturbance.
planting new trees in natural areas where there were losses from emerald ash borer
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