What’s New at Ingham Conservation District

Spring Tree Sale

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We will have new items available and many choices that will benefit your land whether you own a back forty or a back 1/4.   

Order trees today!

Check out our great selection of native hardwoods and shrubs, wonderful wildlife seed mixes and brand new this year … a selection of hops!  

Download the order form below, pick up one from our office, or order online.  Our staff is always happy to answer any questions or to take your order over the phone.    

Spring 16 Product List

 

Annual Meeting and Director Elections

February 17, 2016

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The ICD will be holding it's Annual Meeting and Director Elections

 February 17th from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Ingham County Fairgrounds Banquet Hall

700 East Ash St in Mason

Enjoy dinner and learn more about what the ICD is doing to help conserve natural resources here in Ingham County. Our Guest Speaker for the evening will be Egypt Krohn, a local expert on Permaculture.  Learn how to convert some or all of your land into natural, edible landscapes.   

hunterparkExample of Permaculture in Lansing, Courtesy of Dani Slabaugh

Tickets are $10/person

Purchase your ticket online or send a check made out to ICD by February 3rd to reserve your spot

 

Habitat Improvement at the Ingham CD

Big_Bluestem The 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 sparrowringneck pheasant 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. See below for more information about both events!

 

Youth Small Game Hunt

Saturday February 27th

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Read Full Details and Register Here

 

Grasslands Education Series for Landowners

Have you ever wanted to learn more about the ecological value of grassland habitats and what it would take to install and manage these important habitats on your own property?  The Ingham Conservation District will be hosting a 3-part series beginning March 3rd. Hear from local experts and see these habitats and management practices firsthand.  Read full details and register here.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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