Cloquet man seeks donations to plant apple trees

Matthew Krikava started his project, Plant Trees Save Bees, three years ago.

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This little apple tree was one of 15 planted by Matthew Krikava last summer as part of his plant trees, save bees project. contributed by Matthew Krikava

Matthew Krikava is once again looking for residents around Cloquet who are willing to have an apple tree planted in their yard, as well as donations to purchase trees.

Krikava began his Plant Trees Save Bees effort three years ago. The project has grown every year, he said.

In 2019, Krikava said he planted 15 trees in the area. The trees need to be accessible to the general public, and the property owners have to agree to let passersby pick apples.

He is open to planting in other areas besides people's yards.

“Businesses, residents, public works,” Krikava said. “I want to fill Cloquet with apple trees.”


Krikava hopes to find nurseries to donate trees or match his purchase, as has happened in the past.

The trees are planted to help the ecosystem and help bees, he said.

Krikava has raised $287 of the $1,000 he is hoping to raise for 2020.

For more information about the project or to donate go to the Plant Trees Save Bees Facebook page or call 218-485-1443.

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