Hartley Nature Center Budding Back to Life Thanks to 25K Grant

Julie Kruse
October 12, 2016 10:01 PM

It's been nearly three months since a destructive storm ripped through much of the Northland, and even today, you can still see its lasting effects.

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Hartley Nature Center in Duluth was one of the hardest hit spots, but thanks to a reforestation effort, it's budding back to life.

According to the Canadian National Railway Company's website, its program called From the Ground Up "provides funding of up to $25,000 for the greening of municipal properties across Canada, especially in communities where CN operates." Those funds are administered in the United States by a non-profit organization called America in Bloom.

"Trees raise the quality of life, and that's what American Bloom is all about," said Bill Hahn, consulting landscape architect with the non-profit.

On Tuesday, Hartley Nature Center celebrated replanting efforts of over 10 acres with 3,500 trees made possible in part through that $25,000 grant.

"Slowly but surely we're getting back up and running," said Tom O'Rourke, executive director of Hartley Nature Center. "It's going to be a while before the trees are at their majestic height."

The project was necessary due to buckthorn removal, logging, storm damage and more. Nearly 50 volunteers helped complete the program.

"We're trying to shade the stream because this pond heats up the water [Tischer Creek] quite a bit, so we're trying to provide more shade to keep it cool for the trout," explained Brandon Van Tassel, program manger of Duluth Stream Corps. "We're also trying to fight off another invasive species known as tansy."

Other partners which also donated funding and other assistance for the project include the City of Duluth, Duluth Stream Corps, Community Action Duluth, Minnesota Power and the Hartley Nature Center.


Julie Kruse

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