As part of an Iron Range mining site’s reclamation strategy, a team of 12 Mustang Forestry planters (+ two supervisors), a handful of mine representatives and RWF’s own Blake Francis worked together to plant 95,000 red pine seedlings.

The result: 1,000 trees per acre—twice as dense as what you would typically expect to find in nature.

This project will explore the success of high-density red pine planting on a reclaimed site, with continued monitoring to assess whether the project’s methods should be applied to future sites.

We’re also helping the mine evaluate the possibility of earning carbon credits for this work, upholding its commitment to sustainable operations and reclamation.