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2020 Forestry Workshops
Getting Your Trees Ready for Summer – The Do’s and Don’t of Residential Tree Care
Saturday, May 2, 10-12am, tentatively at Kalkaska Library
If you are thinking about planting trees near your living space, learn about what trees would be best for your particular environment. This workshop will also cover proper mulching, fertilization, pruning, trimming, as well as tree pests that you may need to be concerned about. Contact Forester Larry Czelusta at email@example.com or 231-775-7681 ext 3 or the Kalkaska Conservation District. There is no cost.
Stump Tales – Demonstration of 100 years of soil erosion and conservation – Thursday, May 14, 10-11:30am, Gathering at Cedar Creek Township Hall, 2530 N. 41 1/2 Rd. Manton. MI
This walking tour is primarily for natural resource professionals and educators. We will visit this unique site that has preserved evidence of a loss of two feet of top soil from under tree stumps 120 years ago due to wind erosion that are still visible today. We will see what conservation measures were done 50 years ago along with a discussion of past conservation concerns and how to rehabilitate soil from destructive management practices. Contact Forester Larry Czelusta at firstname.lastname@example.org or 231-775-7681 ext 3. There is no cost.
Stump Tales – Demonstration of 100 years of soil erosion and conservation – Saturday, May 16, 9-10:30am, Gathering at Cedar Creek Township Hall, 2530 N. 41 1/2 Rd. Manton. MI
Our area used to have a richer topsoil than it has today. This is a short walking tour of a unique site that has preserved evidence of a loss of two feet of top soil from under tree stumps 120 years ago due to wind erosion that are still visible today. We will see what conservation measures were done 50 years ago along with a discussion of soil restoration in today’s forest management. Contact Forester Larry Czelusta at email@example.com or 231-775-7681 ext 3. There is no cost.
Hardwood Marking for Landowners – Saturday, September 26 9am to 1pm; site to be determined in the Cadillac area.
This hands-on workshop will instruct landowners how to selectively mark their own northern hardwoods for a Timber Stand Improvement harvest. The goal is to teach how to select trees to remove so as to improve quality of remaining stand, thin the stand to improve growth and still maintain good minimum density. This workshop will only teach tree selection and will not teach volume estimation and appraisal. Preregistration is required. Cost is $30 per person. Contact Forester Larry Czelusta at firstname.lastname@example.org or 231-775-7681 ext 3
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