The Wexford Conservation District has received a grant to provide forestry technical assistance to landowners in Wexford and Missaukee Counties. To learn more about services provided through this grant, please explore our other forestry pages and links.
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Upcoming Forestry Workshops
Ties to the Land – Generational Forestland Transition
September 16, 2017 9am-4pm Grand Traverse Conservation District, Traverse City, MI
This day-long workshop will be a great starting point for any family wanting to learn how to “hand down” their forest land to the next generation. Ties to the Land is a program that will help you in practical ways to facilitate family succession as well as estate planning. Families are encouraged to participate together if possible. Registration is $65 for the first family member and $15 for additional members. Registration covers a 76 page workbook, CD-ROM, extra handouts, snacks and lunch. Pre-register is required by calling the Wexford Conservation District office at 231-775-7681 ext. 3 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by Sept 9.
Solicitation for Oak Wilt Bids
The Manistee Conservation District [MCD] will be accepting bids for a contractor to perform cutting and removal of oak trees, trenching, tree injections with a fungicide, and/or herbicide treatment, to slow and prevent Oak Wilt. Oak Wilt is caused by a non-native invasive fungus. It is currently causing the widespread mortality of oak resources throughout Michigan.
MCD is looking for bids for 12 sites in 5 counties (Leelanau, Grand Traverse, Benzie, Manistee, and Mason), with treatments to be implemented during the months of October 2017 through March 2018, depending on type of treatment. The due date for bids is 9/26/2017, BEFORE 5:30pm Eastern Time. Bids can be submitted via email to Josh Shields, Forestry Assistance Program (FAP) forester with the Manistee and Mason-Lake Conservation Districts, at email@example.com. Bids can also be mailed to the Manistee Conservation District at 8840 Chippewa Highway, Bear Lake, MI 49614. If hard copies are mailed, all forms must arrive at the Manistee Conservation District before 5:30pm Eastern Time on 9/26/2017. IMPORTANT – when providing bids, you must provide a lump sum bid for each treatment at each site. These lump sum bids CANNOT be changed once they are submitted since they are used to choose contractors and determine the landowner(s)’ contribution to the treatment cost, before the work is actually implemented.
Attention to detail is CRITICAL for bidding on this work since this work is funded by grant money through the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program (MISGP). You may obtain the bid form with full instructions at https://www.manisteecd2.org/oak-wilt-request-for-bids.html
*For Vozza under La Riviera, please use the following address INSTEAD of the address in the request for bids (the address in the request for bids is Vozza's home address whereas the address given here is the address of his vacant lot with oak wilt) - 9980 E SAN REMO BLVD, TRAVERSE CITY, MI 49684.
*You are NOT required to bid on all treatments and all sites. You can bid on a single treatment at a single site. For example, you can bid on just the trenching at a single site if that is all you are interested in. Comparisons across contractors will be made for each treatment type at each site when we choose the lowest qualified bidder. This is the only way we can do direct comparisons from a monetary standpoint.
*Regarding fungicide injections, the request for bids document indicates that these must be done in October. We chose fall injections for three reasons - First, injecting in the fall enables us to implement treatments during the same season when all symptomatic oak wilt trees have displayed symptoms for that same season. In other words, injections are being implemented using the proper treatment polygon. Second, propiconazole can and does travel to the root systems of oaks and is able to suppress (not eradicate) the fungus in treated trees (see articles attached to this email), so the downward movement of sugars during the fall should also help push more of the propiconazole to the root systems. Third, across all sites treated as part of this grant last year, fall injections showed greater than 95% success based on observations one year after injections were implemented. HOWEVER, one legitimate concern is that the oak trees will not accept the chemical this fall if conditions are not favorable as they were during the fall of 2016. If you, the contractor, win the bid for injecting a site, and if you deem that the site cannot be treated with fungicide based on a lack of uptake, we will extend the grant, you will still be held to the work, and the injections will take place in June of 2018 instead. If such an extension occurs, we will adjust the treatment polygon if need be and adjust your lump sum if more trees need to be injected based on an increase in the size of the treatment area. Our hope is that fall injections will work just fine and this extension will not be necessary, but you must understand that this is a possibility and consider that before bidding on the work.
Gypsy moth caterpillars once again attacking trees in Michigan Large numbers of gypsy moth caterpillars strip trees in Mid-Michigan as drought hampers fungal controls.Posted on June 23, 2017 by Bob Bricault, Michigan State University Extension
Mighty American chestnut poised for return to America's forests Scores of American chestnut seedlings growing in upstate New York are the vanguard in the restoration of what was once the most dominant tree in the eastern forests. The trees carry one gene, added by scientists, that makes them capable of withstanding the invasive blight that wiped out billions of their ancestors a century ago. March 6, 2017 Source:SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Michigan is preparing to enact interior quarantine due to invasive hemlock tree pest A recent outbreak of the pest within the state has prompted new legislation which will restrict the movement of hemlock products within Michigan in an effort to control this invasive pest.
Posted on February 28, 2017 by Mike Schira, Michigan State University Extension
Improved chestnut cultivars are a sound investment
January 13, 2017 | Erin Lizotte | Utilizing improved grafted chestnut cultivars is critical to economic sustainability for Michigan chestnut growers.