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We couldn’t do what we do, without the support of our community.
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Sign up for upcoming events or inquire about our Grounds Management Team.
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Want to learn more about the Ingham Conservation District? Check out our Annual Report FY18
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Michigan Green Schools is a non-profit 501(c)3 agency dedicated to assisting all Michigan schools – public and private – achieve environmental goals which include protecting the air, land, water and animals of our state along with world outreach through good ecological practices and the teaching of educational stewardship of students pre-kindergarten through senior high school.
Congratulations to Ingham County’s 2018 Green Schools!
Steele Elementary School – Green School (10+ environmentally conscious activities)
Lansing Catholic High School – Green School (10+ environmentally conscious activities)
Okemos High School – Evergreen School – (20+ environmental activities)
The ICD serves as County Coordinator for Ingham County. Call our office at (517) 676-2290 with any questions about the Michigan Green Schools program.
Learn more and apply your school for the program at http://www.michigangreenschools.us/
2018 REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
2 parcels on our 200 acres are available for lease in 2-week blocks. Leases will begin October 1st and end January 1st. Learn more on our Hunting at ICD Page. To register, contact the ICD office during normal business hours (Monday-Thursday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm) at (517) 676-2290 or email the ICD using the Contact Us page.
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. To access geocache coordinates for ICD caches, click here. Please see the information following regarding use of the ICD trails. We look forward to seeing you!
- The North and South side of Dexter Trail are open for you to walk the property dawn to dusk each day.
- Please be aware that from October 1 – January 1 the property may be leased for hunting. Watch for “Hunting in Progress” signs posted at the parking areas on the north and south side of Dexter Trail. For everyone’s safety the property is closed when hunting is in progress. Thank you!
- Keep pets on a leash and pick up pet waste.
- Keep children and pets close at hand while crossing the dam.
The Ingham Conservation District is a partner organization of the PlayCleanGo education and outreach campaign. This campaign is also endorsed by the State of Michigan and other U.S. states. Stop invasive species in your tracks. Learn more and sign up your organization at www.playcleango.org!
The ICD Staff and Board of Directors works to improve the 200 acres of ICD property. Recently, we have been working on removing invasive species such as autumn olive and tree of Heaven along the trails and in the prairie areas.
- A prescribed burn
- Removal of invasive species
- 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 sparrow and grasshopper sparrow. This initiative has allowed the ICD to offer two public events this past year: 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.
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.
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.
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