What’s New at Ingham Conservation District

Habitat Improvement at the Ingham CD

Big_Bluestem The ICD has received a DNR Wildlife Habitat Grant to revitatlize its existing 30 acres of native  warm season grass prairie to improve game and wildlife habitat.  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. The grant also allows for the  removal of invasive shrubs and trees and the creation of brush piles for small game  habitat.  Best of all, the ICD has offered two public events: a Landowner  Grassland Education Series for landowners interested in learning more about creating  and managing grassland/prairie habitat on their own property and a youth hunt.  The burn was successfully completed in March.

A follow up site visit will take place Tuesday August 2nd at 6pm. Registration for this free, guided site visit to see the effects of prescribed burning and identification of the emerging plants is available on our Events Page.


Mid Michigan Cooperative Invasive Species

Managment Area 

black swallowwortJapanese knotweedThe ICD has received a grant from the MDNR's 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.  Learn more about these species, how to identify them and how to report them via the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network.   


Volunteer with the Stream Team!

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The Ingham Conservation District's Stream Team monitors the health of 12 sites in the Red Cedar, Middle and Upper Grand River Watersheds.  To see a report card for the streams we sampled in Fall 2015 click here.  Spring 2016 results will be available soon.  Last year, most of these sites rated fair or poor, which is not what we would like to see.  Keep in mind that many of these sites are within areas targeted for watershed improvements for erosion/sedimentation, bacterial pollution and/or low oxygen levels.  We will continue to monitor these sites twice a year, share the information with partners and communities and watch for trends.  All data is considered preliminary until we have 3 consecutive seasons of data.


Michigan Green Schools

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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.