The cooperative is just one part of what has become known as the Forest Assisted Migration Project, an effort to build a regional economic market for climate-smart tree seedlings grown by local farms and nurseries based on Etterson’s work.
“This is a grassroots movement for people in the state of Minnesota to get involved in solving climate change by either buying and growing or collecting seeds for the purpose of forest restoration and carbon sequestration,” says Etterson.
Abasz says the interest has been significant.
“I think what forest assisted migration provides is an effort that is looking forward, long-term, to help be part of the solution. Because when you're talking about trees, you're talking about decades and centuries. And this is a group working to figure out how to preserve our forests. That excites so many people.”
Etterson is looking forward, too.