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Watch for our Spring Tree Sale in 2017!
What are Conservation Districts?
Volunteer with the Stream Team!
The Ingham Conservation District's Stream Team monitors the health of 12 sites in the Red Cedar, Middle and Upper Grand River Watersheds. Volunteers sampled 8 sites on October 15th and participated in our Bug ID night at MSU held on October 18th.
Lansing Rivers Cleanup
Mid Michigan Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area
The 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 covers 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 are always looking for volunteers! Upcoming events in 2017 include Clean Boats, Clean Waters trainings, a garlic mustard pull and pizza night here at ICD, and more invasive species identification training and field survey days. Check out updated events and volunteer opportunities here!
Habitat Improvement at the Ingham CD
The 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 sparrow 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
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
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.