The Sugar Lake site demonstrates the use of small live plants, or plugs, as the primary planting choice. Plugs yield quick results and make it easier to distinguish between a desired plant and an undesirable plant.
Sugar Lake, also known as Siseebakwet, is located near Grand Rapids in northern Minnesota.
Sugar Lake is in the coniferous forest biome where temperatures are cooler, precipitation is higher, and soils tend to be shallower, rockier, and more acidic.
Evergreen trees that bear cones, such as pines, spruce, and fir are common in this biome. Aspen, birch, and other deciduous species commonly mingle with the conifers.