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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2022 Forestry Workshops
Forestry Carbon Credits – Are they good for you?
Friday, February 25, 3-5pm Cadillac Library meeting room
A forest landowner usually only gets financial benefit when trees are harvested. Forestry Carbon Credits offer landowners a chance to be paid for trees while they are still growing. This workshop will introduce the concept of forestry carbon credits. It will help landowners decide if carbon credits are right for them and their property, as well as introduce several, very different, carbon credit companies. Contact Forester Larry Czelusta at firstname.lastname@example.org or 231-775-7681 ext 3. No fee but donations are accepted.
Learning More About Your Property Through Open-Source Websites
Monday, March 21, 2-4 pm (Garfield Township Hall, 466 W. Sharon Rd. SE Fife Lake; 19 miles north of Lake City/11 miles south of Kalkaska just east of M66)
The digital world we live in gives a forest landowner many sources of digital information of an individual property. From different types of satellite imagery to soil mapping and even wetland restrictions can all be found from open-source websites at no charge. This workshop will give landowners tools to understand more about the land they own. Contact Forester Larry Czelusta at email@example.com or 231-775-7681 ext. 3. There is a $10 cost for this workshop. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop or tablet with wifi capability.
Managing Small Pine Plantations
Saturday, May 21, 10-11:30am, in the Manton area.
Decades ago, red pines were planted throughout the countryside in small acreages, often at field edges. Many of those plantations are overdue for thinning and other active management. This workshop will explain the dilemma facing these plantations as well as discuss possible solutions. This is a must workshop if you own a small pine plantation
Contact Forester Larry Czelusta at firstname.lastname@example.org or 231-775-7681 ext 3. There is a $10 fee for this workshop.
Managing for Diversity in your Northern Hardwood Forest
Tuesday, June 7 - 10:00-11:30 in Lake City area
The northern hardwood forest has lost its American Elm, White Ash, and is presently losing American Beech. Many see Paper Birch, Black Cherries and Red Oak dying. What is happening to our forests and what can we do to help this valuable part of our natural surroundings. This field workshop will discuss what is causing these changes, and ways to help this forest, including what and where to plant various tree seedlings. Contact Forester Larry Czelusta at email@example.com or 231-775-7681 ext 3. There is no cost.
Hardwood Marking for Landowners – Saturday, September 24, 9am to 1pm; in Kalkaska area (exact directions will be given to registrants).
This hands-on, outdoor workshop is designed for landowners of small woodlots of northern hardwoods It will instruct how to selectively mark their own hardwoods for a harvest. The goal is to teach how to select trees to remove with an emphasis to improve the quality of the remaining stand; to thin the stand to improve growth and still maintain diversity and good minimum density. Other topics will include how to retain and manage important wildlife habitat components such as rare and sensitive habitats and species, mast trees, cavity trees, and coarse woody debris. Density measuring devices will be given to workshop registrants. This workshop will only teach tree selection and will not teach volume estimation and appraisal. Preregistration is required. Snack and lunch will be provided according to COVID precautions. Bringing a clipboard is recommended. Please pre-register by September 16. Cost is $30 per person. Contact Forester Larry Czelusta at firstname.lastname@example.org or 231-775-7681 ext 3
Hope For Gypsy Moth Defoliated Trees
Many of you know that Michigan is experiencing a pretty heavy gypsy moth outbreak. If you are experiencing gypsy moths defoliating your oak trees, I can assure you, that you are not alone in your frustration. The outbreak 20 or so years ago was horrendous, but some things have changed since then.
Seeing the Urban Forest For the Trees
Urban forests provide many vital benefits to communities. As part of a new collaboration with a California arborist, Taylor Guitars is exploring ways to turn end-of-life urban trees into highvalue products that can support the regreening of our urban infrastructure and ease the pressure on forests elsewhere. By Scott Paul.
Looking at the News: Reason for Doubt
We have all heard reports of how the Amazon is being deforested at an alarming rate. Steve Wilent, Editor for the Society of American Foresters monthly journal, gives an honest look at the facts.
What Hungry Deer Mean for Michigan Forests Foresters and conservation groups say there are still far too many deer in northern Michigan, and they are creating severe problems for forests.
Data Reinforces Value of a Consulting Forester on Timber Sales On per-unit sales (sealed bids in particular), sales that involved consultants exceeded the non-consultant sale prices by no less than 11%. The data also showed that consultants did equally well on lump sum sales, bringing an average increase of 12% on total bids. Not only did the trend hold over time, but it also held over various tract sizes, with consultant sales bringing higher total bids on all four separate acreage categories. Posted by Joe Clark on October 3, 2018
Deer Can Be Too Many, Too Few, or Just Enough for Healthy Forests Varying deer densities lead to differences in forests. U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station
Hope for Ash? by Colleen Otte "Kashian said he wouldn’t go as far as to say the ash and the borer have reached an equilibrium, “but we seem to be approaching some kind of balance with the bug at this population level and the trees hanging on.” Posted on July 13, 2016 by Capital News Service
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
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