What’s New at Ingham Conservation District

Fall 2016 Tree Sale

Order now until August 31st and receive a 15% Early Bird Discount 

Use Coupon Code FALL16 at checkout

Download catalog Fall Tree Catalog 2016  

Order Deadline: September 22nd

Pickup Date: October 7 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM


The Benefits of Bare-Root Trees

Our trees are delivered with natural bare roots which have been dipped in hydrating gel prior to pickup, to keep the roots moist and healthy. Because their abundant, fibrous roots aren't confined by a container, bare-root trees get off to a more vigorous start compared to containerized roots which typically need more time to adjust to transplanting. Bare-root trees typically surpass the size of larger containerized trees in only a few years.


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Lansing Rivers Cleanup

adopt a river 2014                                             photo courtesy of River Town Adventures

Saturday September 10th

9:00 am – Noon

Lansing City Market

325 City Market Drive, Lansing

Join the ICD and a wonderful group of local partners in a multi-river cleanup in and around the City of Lansing.  We are seeking volunteers to help clean sections of the Red Cedar River, Grand River and Sycamore Creek.  Sign up today and be a part of the pollution solution!  We will meet at City Market.  Lunch is included.  Please dress for safety with close-toed shoes, long pants and long sleeves.  We also ask volunteers to bring their own work gloves if possible. With so much local support this is poised to be a great event that will make a real difference in the health and beauty of our local environment.  We are grateful to have support from Mid Michigan Environmental Action Council, River Town Adventures, Friends of the Lansing River Trail, Lansing Oar and Paddle Club, Middle Grand Organization of Watersheds, City Market, Live Green Lansing, Ingham County Parks, Ingham County Drain Commissioner's Office, Greater Lansing Regional Commission, Blimpies Sub Shop and Lansing Parks and Recreation.  Please contact the ICD if you have any questions and/or want to support this event.

Eventbrite - Lansing Rivers Cleanup


Volunteer with the Stream Team!

stream team spring 15 2

The Ingham Conservation District's Stream Team monitors the health of 12 sites in the Red Cedar, Middle and Upper Grand River Watersheds.  

Join in this effort by siging up for our Fall 2016 Collection Day.   


Mid Michigan Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area 

black swallowwortJapanese knotweedThe ICD has received a grant from the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program to create a new Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area or CISMA for Mid Michigan.  This new CISMA will cover Ingham, Clinton, Eaton and Ionia Counties and will increase our ability to work together across jurisdictional lines coordinating prevention, early detection and rapid response to invasive species both on land and in our lakes and streams. Three species being targeted in this CISMA are black swallow wort (left), Japanese knotweed (right) and phragmites.  

We have summer events planned within the four counties of the MM-CISMA. Also, we will be looking for volunteers as we schedule invasive species identification training and field survey days July through September. Check out the events and volunteer opportunities here!


Habitat Improvement at the Ingham CD

Big_BluestemThe ICD has received a DNR Wildlife Habitat Grant to revitatlize its existing 30 acres of native warm season grass prairie and improve game and wildlife habitat.  This revitalization includes a prescribed burn (completed in March), removal of invasive species and the creation of brush piles for small game.  Maintaining grassland habitat is critical to many game and non-game species such as ring-neck pheasant, wild turkey, rabbit and rare sparrows including Henslow's sparrowringneck pheasant and grasshopper sparrow.  This initiative has allowed the ICD to offer two public events: a Youth Small Game Hunt and a Landowner Grassland Education Series for anyone interested in learning more about creating and managing grassland/prairie habitat on their own property.


Michigan Green Schools

OHS green school

Congratulations to Ingham County's 2016 Green Schools!!

These students are the next generation of  conservation leaders.  Their committment to learning about environmental issues and taking action is truly inspiring.

Glencairn Elementary School – Evergreen School (20+ environmentally conscious activities)

Williamston Middle School – Evergreen School

Okemos High School – Emerald School – (15+ environmental activities)


 Ingham Conservation Center Trail Map Available

Thanks to MichiganTrailMaps.com the Ingham Conservation District now has a wonderful new trail map available, including pictures and descriptions of what you'll find here.  Click here to view the map.  Please see the information at the bottom of this page regarding use of the ICC trails.  We look forward to seeing you!


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.

To access geocache coordinates for ICD caches click here.

The North and South side of Dexter Trail are open for you to walk the property dawn to dusk each day.  Please keep pets on a leash and keep children and pets close at hand while crossing the dam.  

Please be aware that from October 1 – December 31 the property may be leased for hunting.  Watch for "Hunting in Progress" signs posted near the north and south parking areas.  Please be courteous to hunters, keeping in mind that peak hunting times are dawn and dusk, and always wear hunters orange.  Thank you!


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