What’s New at Ingham Conservation District

2014 Spring Tree Sale!

American Plum

Order online or by mail. Download Spring Tree Catalog 2014 

This should not come as a surprise to Michigan residents,

but the frozen ground has delayed the pick up dates to:

 

Friday April 25 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Saturday April 26 from 9:00 AM to NOON

 

Recycle Pet Food Bags and Feed Bags 

recycleDrop off your empty dog/cat dry food bags and/or animal feed bags and the Ingham Conservation District will reuse them.  All sizes accepted.  Bags can be dropped off during normal business hours (Mon- Thur 9am – 3pm).

 

2014 Annual Meeting & Director Elections

ANNUAL MEETING RESCHEDULED FOR MAY 21, 2014

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Ingham Conservation District, 1031 W. Dexter Trail, Mason, MI

Visit with neighbors, enjoy good food and learn about local conservation issues and opportunities. 

Our guest speaker will be John Sarver, a board director for the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association

wind&solar

The topic will be Wind and Solar Energy Options for your Home and Farm

Tickets are $13.00/person and includes dinner catered by County House Catering.

Please RSVP by May 14th by sending a check payable to the Ingham Conservation District or call our office to pay be credit card.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Youth Rabbit Hunt

rabbit

The Ingham Conservation District is hosting a mentored hunt for licensed hunters ages 17 and under.

 More information and registration is available on our events page.

 

Firewood For Sale

Firewood

Firewood is on sale now. $50.00/face cord. The wood is primarily a mix of oak,maple and cherry.  Contact our office to arrange a time to purchase and pick up wood.

 

Red Cedar River Watershed Monitoring Project

Red Cedar River

During the summer of 2013 the Ingham Conservation District collected surface water samples to determine bacterial concentrations and dissolved oxygen levels in tributaries of the Red Cedar River.  Visit the Watershed Health page to learn more about the results of this monitoring program and where we go from here.

 

Habitat Improvement at the ICD

Highbush Cranberry

 

In the fall of 2013 the ICD made strides in removing invasive plants, shrubs and trees from the property.  These removals consisted primarily of invasive Canada ThistleBush Honeysuckle and Autumn Olive. Native confiers were planted in some removal areas.  Other areas will be planted with other beneficial native species, such as Highbush Cranberry, in the spring of 2014.  Another addition for 2014 will be a one-acre native forbs planting.  This field of wildflowers will be beautiful and have wildlife benefits as well, particularly to honeybees and other pollinators.  Anyone seeking more information about the habitat improvement at the ICD or anyone who would like to get involved and help make them a reality can contact the office at 517-676-2290.  For more information on identifying and/or managing invasive species please contact our office or visit the  Stewardship Network website or MSU Extension's Midwest Invasive Species Information Network.

 

Farm News 

red-barn

Visit our Farm News page for information on the Ingham County Farm Bureau's Project Rural Education Day (R.E.D.) Event

 

Qualified Forest Program 

Red Pine

The purpose of the Qualified Forest Program (QFP) is to encourage private forestland owners to manage their land in an economically viable and environmentally sustainable manner.  Landowners who qualify for the program receive an exemption from school operating taxes and/or exemptions from the uncapping of the taxable value of the property in the event of a change in ownership.   Landowners interested in enrolling in this program may apply to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). If you are currently enrolled in the MDNR QFP you can transfer to the MDARD program.  There is no fee to apply for a transfer, but some documents are necessary. Visit MDARD's QFP information page or contact our office at 517-676-2290.  If you are interested in learning more about hiring a Consulting Forester, MSUE has an informational bulletin available.  Our staff can assist you in determining if you qualify for the QFP or with questions on facilitating a program transfer.  

 

 

                                                                                                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feel free to walk the Trails.

The North and South side of Dexter Trail are open for you to walk the property (pets are welcome).  Be sure to keep children and pets close at hand while crossing the dam.

Please be aware that from October 1 – December 31 the property has been leased for hunting.  Signs will be posted when hunting may be in progress.   Please be cautious and courteous to hunters.  Wear hunters orange and be aware that peak hunting times are at dawn and dusk.

 

Join Us in Social Media.

Visit the Ingham Conservation District on Facebook and Twitter (InghamConsDist) to follow current events and breaking news.

If you have questions, please use the "contact us" tab or call 517.676.2290.  Office hours are Monday-Wednesday from 9 am-3 pm.

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