Fall Tree Sale Going on Now!

 

A variety of high-quality conifers and planting accessories are available.  Proceeds support the natural resource work of the Ingham Conservation District.  Photo courtesy of USFS, 2009.

Tree pickup:

Friday September 29th Noon-6:30 pm and

Saturday September 30th 9 AM – Noon

 

 

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What are your interests and concerns when it comes to our shared natural resources?

Every 5 years the Ingham Conservation District evaluates the natural resource assets and needs of our county.  Love to fish or hunt?  Concerned about preserving farmland or improving water quality?

 Your responses help guide our activities over the next 5 years.

Take the survey now

 

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Upcoming Events

Other Programs and Resources

The Iringneck pheasantCD received a DNR Wildlife Habitat Grant to revitalize its existing 30 acres of native warm season grass prairie and improve game and wildlife habitat.

This revitalization included:

  • A prescribed burn (completed in March)
  • 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.

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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.

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Congratulations to Ingham County’s 2017 Green Schools!

Glencairn Elementary School – Evergreen School (20+ 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/ 

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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.

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 keep pets on a leash.
  • Keep children and pets close at hand while crossing the dam.

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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!

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!

2017 REGISTRATION PERIOD: August 1st – September 15th 

Leases will begin October 1st and end December 18th.

Learn more on our Hunting 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.

Recent Events

Lansing Rivers Cleanup

This event was made possible with a grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and local support from the Mid Michigan Environmental Action Council, River Town Adventures, Friends of the Lansing River Trail, Lansing Oar and Paddle Club, Middle Grand Organization of Watersheds, City Market, Live Green Lansing, Ingham County Parks, Central Michigan Group Sierra Club, Ingham County Drain Commissioner’s Office, Greater Lansing Regional Commission, Blimpies Sub Shop, Lansing Parks and Recreation, Lake Lansing Rd Biggby and Bake N Cakes.

Stream Team Event

The Ingham Conservation District’s Stream Team monitors the health of 12 sites in the Red Cedar, Middle and Upper Grand River Watersheds. 31 volunteers – a record!- came out to sample all 12 sites on April 29, 2017.

Garlic Mustard Pull & Pizza Night

Our volunteers pulled about 250 lbs. of garlic mustard at our Garlic Mustard Pull & Pizza Night on May 9, 2017. Thank you to all that helped and to Zano’s Pizza for their pizza donation to feed our hard-working volunteers!

Mid-Michigan CISMA Highlights

The ICD is proud to be part of the Mid-Michgan CISMA. The CISMA celebrated its one year anniversary in May 2017.

Native Shrub Planting at the ICD

Thank you to members of Boy Scouts Troop 97 and Cub Scouts Pack 265 of Haslett for planting along the trails on the South Side!

Native Shrub Planting at the ICD

Thank you to members of Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan Troop 30225 of Okemos for helping plant native shrubs on the North Side along the trail!

Thank you to the Wildflower Association of Michigan

Thank you to the Wildflower Association of Michigan (WAM) for their grant award to the ICD to help fund this native shrub planting project. To learn more about WAM, visit www.wildflowersmich.org.

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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