Butterfly Habitat Restoration in the Huron-Manistee National Forests

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Baldwin, Michigan; Huron-Manistee National Forests




U.S. Forest Service


Invasive species and succession can lead to weakening butterfly habitats through management of forest fires. This leads to the need for habitat restoration and returning some areas to fresh fields for flower growth. The aim of this project is to create islands of trees and allow the area to be mowed yearly. At the start of the project, the field had been overtaken by Sweet Fern (Comptonia peregrina) and Black Cherry (Prunus serotina). Removal of these plants will allow native wildflowers to proliferate and have a healthy native pollen field. Crew members participating on this project learned habitat restoration techniques as well as use of weedsaws and teamwork. Creation of brush islands aids in maintaining the integrity and natural view of the project site. Plentifully found in the site is Milkweed (Asclepias) which is vital for Monarch Butterfly feeding during the caterpillar stage.