2021 Forestry Workshops

2021 FORESTRY WORKSHOPS

Wexford, Missaukee and Kalkaska Conservation Districts

 

Stump Tales

 

  • Demonstration of 100 years of soil erosion and conservation – Thursday, May 13, 10-11:30am, Gathering at Cedar Creek Township Hall, 2530 N. 41 1/2 Rd. Manton. MI 

 

This walking tour is primarily for natural resource professionals and educators.  We will visit this unique site that has preserved evidence of a loss of two feet of topsoil from under tree stumps 120 years ago due to wind erosion that are still visible today.  We will see what conservation measures were done 50 years ago along with a discussion of past conservation concerns and how to rehabilitate soil from the destructive past.  US Forest Service Soil Scientist as well as NRCS District Conservationist will contribute to this workshop.    Contact Forester Larry Czelusta at larry.czelusta@macd.org or 231-775-7681 ext 3. There is no cost.

 

Stump Tales

 

  • Demonstration of 100 years of soil erosion and conservation – Saturday, May 15, 9-10:30am, Gathering at Cedar Creek Township Hall, 2530 N. 41 1/2 Rd. Manton. MI 

 

Our area used to have a richer topsoil than it has today. This is a short walking tour of a unique site that has preserved evidence of a loss of two feet of topsoil from under tree stumps 100 years ago due to wind erosion that are still visible today.  We will see what conservation measures were done 50 years ago along with a discussion of soil restoration in today’s forest management. Contact Forester Larry Czelusta at larry.czelusta@macd.org or 231-775-7681 ext. 3. There is no cost.

 

Managing for Diversity in your Northern Hardwood Forest

 

  • Thursday, June 10th at 10am in the South Boardman 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 or the Renee at the Kalkaska Conservation District. 231-258-3307. There is no cost.

Lake City Walking  Tour to Discuss Tree Health in a Residential 

 

  • Tuesday, June 15th at 10am meeting at courthouse parking lot.

 

This will be a walk through the city of Lake City to see how trees, that enhance our homes and outdoor spaces, need to planted and cared for correctly. If you are thinking about planting trees near your living space, learn about what trees would be best for your particular environment. How to reduce summer stress on yard trees, and choosing trees that will nourish the pollinators that help our gardens flourish. This workshop will also cover proper mulching, fertilization, pruning, trimming, as well as tree pests that you may need to be concerned about. This walk will take no more than two hours. Contact Forester Larry Czelusta at larry.czelusta@macd.org or 231-775-7681 ext 3 or Michelle at the Missaukee Conservation District. 231-839-7193. There is no cost.



Hardwood Marking for Landowners

 

  • Saturday, September 25, 9am to 1pm; site will be at Misty Acres in Manistee County (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.  Preregistration is required. Snack and lunch will be provided according to COVID precautions. Bringing a clipboard is recommended. Please pre-register by September 16.   Cost is $30 per person.  Contact Forester Larry Czelusta at larry.czelusta@macd.org or 231-775-7681 ext 3