Events and Workshops

Spring Stream Monitoring

May 20: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Missaukee Conservation District Community Room, 6180 W. Sanborn Road, Lake City.

Spend a day on the river and help collect aquatic insects and determine the health of Missaukee County rivers. Equipment, training, and lunch provided. Registration is required by May 17.


Managing Small Pine Plantations

May 21: 10:00 - 11:30 am in the Manton area

Decades ago, red pines were planted throughout the countryside in small acreages, often at field edges. Many of those plantations are overdue for thinning and other active management. This workshop will explain the dilemma facing these plantations as well as discuss possible solutions. This is a must workshop if you own a small pine plantation. Contact Forester Larry Czelusta at larry.czelusta@macd.org or 231.775.7681 ext. 3. Workshop cost is $10. Registration is closed.


Native Plant Sale

June 3: 2:00 to 6:00 pm, Missaukee County Community Room, 6180 W. Sanborn Road, Lake City

Pick up the native plant kits you ordered by May 26 and browse our selection of quart container native plants.


Household Hazardous Waste Collection, Tires, Electronics and On-site Paper Shredding

June 4: 9 am - 1 pm, Missaukee County Road Commission                      

Managed by Missaukee CD for years, this event is now managed by Missaukee County.

On-site shredding; tires; mattresses; chemicals, fluorescent tubes, "mystery" pesticide containers, acids, cleaners, oil based paint, household batteries; items marked flammable, poison, toxic, warning, corrosive, danger, caution, etc. For more information contact Kristi Emard, Missaukee County Recycling Manager, 231.920.4667 or recycling@missaukee.org.


Managing for Diversity in your Northern Hardwood Forest

June 7: 10:00 - 11:30 am in Lake City area

The northern hardwood forest has lost its American Elm, White Ash, and is presently losing American Beech. Many see Paper Birch, Black Cherries and Red Oak dying. What is happening to our forests and what can we do to help this valuable part of our natural surroundings. This field workshop will discuss what is causing these changes, and ways to help this forest, including what and where to plant various tree seedlings. Contact Forester Larry Czelusta at larry.czelusta@macd.org or 231.775.7681 ext. 3. There is no cost.

Let’s Put in a Food Plot!

June 18: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, 7327 S. Morey Road, McBain

Learn how to “pull a soil sample,” what to plant when, how to improve property with forestry or land management plans through NRCS, how to keep cost minimal. RSVP to Jodi, 231.839.7193 or jodi.dehate@macd.org by June 11 to win a soil sample.


Hardwood Marking for Landowners

September 24: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, in Kalkaska area (exact directions will be given to registrants)

This hands-on, outdoor workshop is designed for landowners of small woodlots of northern hardwoods It will instruct how to selectively mark their own hardwoods for a harvest.  The goal is to teach how to select trees to remove with an emphasis to improve the quality of the remaining stand; to thin the stand to improve growth and still maintain diversity and good minimum density. Other topics will include how to retain and manage important wildlife habitat components such as rare and sensitive habitats and species, mast trees, cavity trees, and coarse woody debris.  Density measuring devices will be given to workshop registrants. This workshop will only teach tree selection and will not teach volume estimation and appraisal.  Snack and lunch will be provided according to COVID precautions. Bringing a clipboard is recommended. Contact Forester Larry Czelusta at larry.czelusta@macd.org or 231.775.7681 ext. 3. Workshop cost is $30 per person. Registration is required by September 16.


To register for events, contact Missaukee Conservation District, 231.839.7193, or missaukeecd@gmail.com unless otherwise noted.