What’s New at Ingham Conservation District

Annual Meeting and Director Elections

February 17, 2016

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The ICD will be holding it's Annual Meeting and Director Elections on February 17th from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Enjoy dinner, Learn more about what the ICD is doing to help conserve natural resources here in Ingham County and Enjoy presentations from other local experts as well.  Stay tuned for more information and registration.

Anyone interested in running for a position on the ICD Board of Directors must submit a petition, signed by 5 Ingham County residents, to the ICD by December 18th.  You must be a resident of Ingham County to serve on the Board.  To see the full public notice click on Notice of Annual and Elections 2016.


Habitat Improvement at the Ingham CD

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Big_BluestemThe ICD has received a DNR Wildlife Habitat Grant to burn and 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 sparrow and grasshopper sparrow. The grant will also allow for the removal of invasive shrubs and trees and the creation of brush piles for small game habitat.  Best of all, the ICD will be offering two upcoming 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. Stay tuned for more information as this project gets underway.


Thank You Runners and Walkers!

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Thank you to everyone who volunteered and participated in this year's Green Space Trail Race!   The weather was beautiful and we had a great turnout.  Please see the Green Space Page for race results.  Let us know about your race experience and what you'd like to see in the future by taking a short race survey.   


Great Work Stream Team!

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With the help of over 20 volunteers and support from the Michigan Clean Water Corps the Ingham Conservation Stream Team monitored the health of 12 sites in the Red Cedar, Middle and Upper Grand River Watersheds.  Thank you to all who participated!  To see a report card for the streams we sampled click here.  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.  Our next event will be Saturday April 30th. We hope to see all our fall volunteers return and look forward to some new recruits joining in.  See you then!


Michigan Green Schools

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Attention Teachers, Parents and Students!

Is your school a leader in recycling, energy efficiency and environmental education?  Would you like it to be?  If you answered yes to either of these questions learn more about the Michigan Green Schools program.  If your school is involved in a minimum of 10 environmentally conscious activities throughout the school year, it could become a certified Michigan Green School.  Materials and help are available by visiting the Michigan Green Schools website or by contacting your County Coordinator (that's us!).   


 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 

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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.