Do you know Northern White Cedar?
Northern White Cedar can live up to 400 years of age or more, and provide highest quality food and shelter values to White-tailed Deer in Northern Maine. Even when branches are out of their reach, deer eat pieces of foliage which falls down from the trees during wind and snow events in the winter. This "litterfall" is available every year throughout the life of the trees after they reach maturity. Cedar do not regenerate well after harvest, so the USJRO is actively promoting its conservation and restoration planting.
Arbre de Vie - Jacques Cartier made his second voyage to the Province of Quebec in 1535. During the winter of 1536, 25 of his 110 man crew died from Scurvy until the First Nations People of Quebec saved him and his remaining crew with cedar tea. It was Jacque Cartier that named "our" Cedar as Arbre de Vie, or Tree of Life. To this name, its alternate name is Arbor Vitae. Cedar and Hemlock are the only trees that supply high value food to deer in winter, helping them to survive winter also.
The Tree of Life Nursery
The USJRO has started the Tree of Life tree nursery on town property in Frenchville, Maine. The nursery will raise Northern White Cedar, Hemlock, Red Oak, Red Spruce (considered by many to be the signature tree of the Acadian Forest), Silver Maple, and other trees valuable to wildlife for subsequent planting onto properties where long term commitment for habitat management is made.
Interested in Partnering? We are interested in working with any and all that are committed to long rotation management. Please contact us is you want to work with us!