ISHPEMING - Armed with shovels, extra topsoil and work gloves, members of the Ishpeming Ski Club junior ski jumpers fanned out along the portion of the Carp Creek that runs behind the Country Village.
The group of kids, their parents and Cliffs Natural Resources were working to improve fish habitat by planting trees along the creek, which feeds into Deer Lake.
"Once these trees mature, what they'll be able to do is create a bit of shade in this area of the creek, creating a better fish habitat," said Dale Hemmila Cliffs district manager of public affairs.
The Ishpeming Ski Club junior ski jumpers and Cliffs Natural Resources recently planted 21 deciduous and coniferous trees along Carp Creek. Once the trees grow, they will provide more shade for the creek and improve the fish habitat. Here Cliffs spokesman Dale Hemmila helps junior ski jumper Tom LaFave plant a tree. (Journal photo by Johanna Boyle)
Family members and other volunteers pitch in to help the group of junior ski jumpers plant trees along Carp Creek, which runs into Deer Lake. Cliffs Natural Resources sponsored the planting. (Journal photo by Johanna Boyle)
The group planted 25 trees - both deciduous and coniferous - along the bank of the creek.
"This is a good springtime project for us," Hemmila said, adding planting the trees is a good way for Cliffs to give back to the community.
Wednesday afternoon, the kids, with a little help, dug holes for each of the trees, planted them with new topsoil and then watered using water from the creek.
"Once these trees mature, what they'll be able to do is create a bit of shade in this area of the creek, creating a better fish habitat."
- DALE HEMMILA, district manager
Cliffs Natural Resources
Last year, Cliffs sponsored a similar tree planting along the Iron Ore Heritage Trail near the old landfill. Those trees were intended to create a wind break for the trail and were planted by area Cub Scouts.
"We want to make it an ongoing, sustaining thing," Hemmila said.
The junior ski jumpers train at Suicide Hill, beginning on smaller hills and working their way up.
"First you go down the landing," said Tom LaFave, 9.
The team is able to practice during the summer months thanks to a plastic covering on the hill.
Johanna Boyle can be reached at 906-486-4401. Her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.