Felheim Scout Camp – Project # 1

In 1990 the Hardwood Forestry Fund partnered with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Boy Scouts of America, Prairie Council to plant 500 walnut seedlings.  It was part of woodland management recommendations for 90 acres.  The primary purpose for management was long term timber production with emphasis on enhancing wildlife habitat and recreation. Originally the emphasis was on oak.

Our planting was part of a Forestry Field Day, where site preparation, tree planting methods and timber stand improvements were discussed and demonstrated.  Forest protection and soil and water conservation were also explained to the attendees.  The greatest asset of owning the land for the Boy Scouts was multiple recreation activities such as hiking, cross-country skiing, mushrooming, birding, and hunting.