Reforestation - Solutions for Common Problems

Remediation Project design and funding

Grants, Partnerships, In-Kind Donations

Grants usually come with more constraints and oversite


County Conservation Districts

In-Kind Donations to nonprofits

Many large companies offer In-Kind donations of services where they can offer your nonprofit a services for free or at a large discount. It is worth pursuing In-kind donations.

Finding Volunteers

There are many different websites that help find volunteers near you.

Site Preparation

Tree, Deer Protection procurement

Container trees

Bareroot trees

Deer Protection

Riparian Buffer / Erosion control planting different that planting a tree

Wood Chips

Tree Spacing

Dense forest with a connected canopy 

Quickest to fill an area with connected tree canopy

Possible but doesn't reach horizontally as fast

Grow Differently, biodiversity

Establishing A Reforestation remediation project (year 1-2)

Watering, Wood Chips



Shrubs, wait until they develop berries and they get eaten by birds for a season

Tubex around the based of a Elderberry shrub that deer destroy every year.

Established Planting Problems - year (3-5)

Voles - will either eat your trees or farm them

(5 yr - Sycamore 2 inch) Completely eaten by a hungry Vole. Will not grow back, eaten to the roots.

(4 yr - Sycamore 1.5 inch) Eaten a few Nibbles by a vole, Looks like it gets a disease. (Have hope.)

(4 yr - Sycamore 1.5 inch) Eaten bark a few Nibbles by a vole, Looks like it gets a disease. (Have hope.)

The Leader (Main Trunk) dies then multiple competing leaders emerge. Possibly "farming" the Sycamores.

Vole Prevention Methods

Vole diet preferences - what voles like and don't like to eat

Keep your Tubex, Caging, or Plastic mesh on the tree