This guide (11.75" x 8.75" that folds open to 24" x 17" poster on one side) gives an overview of how to transform a traditional yard to one that provides wildlife habitat, environmental benefits, and landscape diversity. Guide/poster is free from the DNR Information Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Minnesota's 2012 Arbor Month theme is "Creating a Healthy Community Forest." The idea is to encourage planting a wide variety of native trees to create a diverse community forest that is more resilient to large-scale devastation by tree pests. To help diversify community forests, the DNR created A Homeowner's Guide to Creating a Healthy Yard.
The reason for this year's theme is that the DNR's 2010 Community Tree Survey showed that more than 50 percent of Minnesota's community trees are ash, maple, and spruce. With the 2009 discovery of emerald ash borer in Minnesota and the potential arrival of other invasive species, we could stand to lose more than half of our community forest.
Download a copy at http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/arbormonth/poster.html. A single guide or packets of 25, 50, or 100 guides can be ordered from the DNR's Information Center at email@example.com or by phone at (651) 296-6157 or (888) 646-6367.
For more information visit http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/arbormonth/index.html