RRDS is thinking of partnering with the Experimental Agricultural Research Station at Emo (EARS) and others to grow trees for community forestry purposes. The idea is to rent a half-acre of land from the station to plant some hard-to-come-by native tree species. This includes Bur Oak, Basswood, Black Ash, Silver Maple and some others. The seed will be gathered by local people from local sources. These trees will be grown and tended from 2 to 5 years and then transplanted into communities in the Rainy River District.
Future plans may involve high school students germinating the seed and possibly erecting a greenhouse. We have not got this one going yet but hope to soon!