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
June 10, 2017 9:00am – 5:00pm Career Tech Center, Cadillac A chainsaw is arguably the most dangerous hand-tool known to mankind. Yet, it can be purchased without proof of qualifications or a certification. The course is offered by the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration and taught by instructor Chuck Oslund, retired surveyor and firefighter for the USDA Forest Service. His seminars teach why each saw operator must have a safety system, the elements of a good safety system, mental aspects of safety, safer chainsaw handling techniques, and the state-of-the-art safest way to fall a large diameter tree. If you currently operate a chainsaw, or plan to purchase a saw in the future, you need to be aware of these concepts to help you use it safely. The workshop is free of charge. Pre-register is required by calling the Wexford Conservation District office at 231-775-7681 ext 3 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by June 1. Lunch and snack will be provided, $10 donation requested.
What to do with an old Christmas tree farm
July 29, 2017 9am – 1pm Cadillac, Michigan. Are you the owner of an abandoned Christmas tree farm and want to convert it to a more natural and manageable forest, but are frustrated with how to get it done. You are not alone. This workshop will discuss the challenges and opportunities of Christmas tree farm conversion. This workshop should give you a practical plan to making your conversion happen. Pre-register is required by calling the Wexford Conservation District office at 231-775-7681 ext. 3 or emailing email@example.com by July 21.
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.
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.
Why Am I Seeing So Many Areas of Dead Trees Around the State?
Invasive pest species along with several other environmental and human factors are contributing to the decline of our forest and urban tree resources in Michigan. Posted on July 5, 2016 by Mike Schira, Michigan State University Extension.
Red squirrel injury to spruce trees in winter
Is the ground around your spruce tree littered with branch tips? If so, this is probably the work of a hungry red squirrel. Rather than just eating the buds, these pesky rodents prefer to first prune the branch tip from the tree, eat the bud then discard the branch. As the squirrel continues to dine, the branch tips pile up on the ground below. Posted on January 21, 2013 by Howard Russell, MSU Diagnostic Services, Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences
Canker diseases on shade and forest trees: Part 1
Canker diseases on shade and forest trees are quite common but can be a threat to tree health as branch dieback and tree mortality can occur. Because there is no chemical treatment, it can be difficult to deal with a canker disease once it infects a tree. January 26 | Russell Kidd
Canker diseases on shade and forest trees: Part 2