The Daily Globe - Serving Gogebic, Iron and Ontonagon Counties

Community organizers plant some tender loving care trailside


Isabelle Kleinschmidt/Daily Globe

Henry Shackleford, 11 of Gile came out to to plant native shrubs on a portion of the Iron Belle Trail on Saturday morning.



Four groups came together at the Iron Belle Trail on Saturday morning to plant native shrubs along a portion of the trail. Despite looming clouds, the weather was ideal for the event.

The efforts made by Friends of the Iron Belle Trail, the City of Ironwood, The U.S. Forest Service, and the Gogebic Conservation District were the final phase of previous work done to eliminate various non-native invasive plant infestations along the trail.

The re-introduction of native plants included small trees, shrubs, and a butterfly garden that will offer aesthetic appeal as well as a sustaining source of food and shelter to area wildlife. "Last year we removed lots of invasive species, now we'd like to put in some native plants that we would like to see more of," said Jim Finely. "These feed many birds and animals."

In all, the group planted 7 different types of native shrubs as well as several types of seeds in the butterfly garden.

Before the planting began, Finley, Administrator of the Gogebic Conservation District ,explained to the group the types of shrubs being planted, and the multiple benefits that each would offer both to the area wildlife as well as to those who enjoy the trail.

"As these mature, people will be able to see and identify some of the most important plants providing food and shelter for wildlife in this part of America. An added benefit is that they are attractive plants, with showy flowers, and many with fruits that humans enjoy, too." said Finley.

For more information regarding native plant species or to volunteer for future projects, contact Jim Finley at 906-663-4512, or email


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