Michigan State University MacCready Reserve – Project # 224

This project converted 12 acres of aging red pine plantations, overgrown with exotic, invasive plant species, to native hardwood forests.  It created a public demonstration area exhibiting how to combat invasive plants and undesirable woody regeneration in maturing plantations and native hardwood forest restoration and establishment. 12,000 seedlings of red oak, white oak, burr oak, and black cherry were planted on 12 acres.

Partners included the Department of Forestry and the Lands Management Office and the W.K. Kellogg Forest staff who executed the grant and maintain the site for the long term. 


This project established 12 acres of professionally and sustainably managed hardwood forest in an urbanizing part of Michigan. The major benefit of this project is the environmental education of the public.