Volunteers are needed Saturday to help plant trees and protect seedlings from deer browsing on 55 acres along the North Shore of Lake Superior at the entrance to Cascade River State Park, just west of Grand Marais.

Participants are asked to meet at the Cascade River State Park parking lot at 10 a.m. Participants are free to come and go as needed before the event concludes at 3 p.m. Please RSVP to the Nature Conservancy’s Chris Dunham at cdunham@tnc.org. Volunteers are encouraged to bring a sack lunch. Snacks and beverages will be provided. For more information go to nature.org and search for Cascade River State Park Volunteer Day.

The restoration is the first project under The Nature Conservancy’s new Highway 61 Reforested program, which is focused on replacing dying birch trees with white pine and other native trees. It’s part of the ongoing North Shore Forest Collaborative with the same goal.The Nature Conservancy planted more than three million trees in St. Louis, Cook and Lake Counties over the last 10 years and expects to plant as many as 500,000 more each spring over the next decade.