Eyes on the Forest Workshop

We Need Your Eyes on the Forest! Attend this FREE two hour presentation to learn about different forest pests found in Osceola, Lake and Mecosta Counties. Join us on Tuesday, February 28th, from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm, at the Reed City Depot (200 N. Chestnut) to learn about destructive forests pests, what to look for and where […]

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Posted on February 14th, 2017 By

News Release: Chronic Wasting Disease Found In Two Mecosta County Deer

January 2017 – Two female deer from a deer farm in Mecosta County have confirmed cases of Chronic Wasting Disease, the Department of Agriculture and Rural development said Friday. Chronic Wasting Disease is a fatal neurological disease that affects white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk and moose. The Mecosta deer mark the second time the disease […]

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Posted on January 30th, 2017 By

Conservation Funds Available to Michigan Farmers

Farmers and forest owners are encouraged to submit applications for U.S. Department of Agriculture conservation assistance by Dec. 16, 2016. Conservation financial assistance is available for implementing a wide variety of practices to reduce soil erosion, improve wildlife habitat, protect water quality and manage private forest land. “USDA conservation programs can help farmers reduce erosion […]

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Posted on November 14th, 2016 By

Aquatic Invasive Species Presentation

An Aquatic Invasive Species Presentation will be held on Friday, September 30, 2016, from 10 am to 12 noon, at the Paris Park Fish Hatchery, Paris, MI. You will learn about identification, treatment, stopping the spread, along with a boat washing demonstration. This event is free and open to the public.    

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Posted on August 26th, 2016 By

Fall Tree Identification & Forestry Bus Tour

The Mecosta & Montcalm Conservation Districts are hosting a Fall Tree Identification & Forestry Bus Tour on Friday, September 23, 2016, from 9 am to 3 pm. The bus will leave from Chippewa Hills High School in Remus at 9 am. The bus tour will make stops in Remus, Entrican and Lakeview. Topics will include: Michigan Agriculture Environmental […]

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Posted on August 26th, 2016 By

Insectary Workshop Flier

Insectary plants workshop

Supporting Beneficial Insects with Flowering Plants August 2, 2016, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Michigan State University Clarksville Research Center9302 Portland Road, Clarksville, MI 48815 Beneficial insects provide valuable pest control and pollination services to farms and gardens, but they need a little help from you as well. Many insect natural enemies and pollinators depend […]

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Posted on July 14th, 2016 By

Can Hinge-cutting Have Potential Negatives Effects on Your Forest?

Let me begin by saying, I love my deer and deer hunting as much as anyone out there. Just like many of you, I plan my vacations around the deer hunting seasons. “Deer talk” isn’t just something that happens during “the” season. It is a part of life year round in my camp. My passion […]

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Posted on April 5th, 2016 By

Protecting Your Shoreline: A Workshop for Inland Lakefront Property Owners

This workshop is designed to educate interested lakefront property owners on natural control methods and will discuss techniques for using natural landscaping along the shoreline to provide erosion control and habitat value while maintaining the aesthetic value of the lakefront. Topics will include healthy lake ecosystems, designing and maintaining natural landscapes on lake shorelines, bioengineering […]

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Posted on January 26th, 2016 By

USDA Funds Available to restore Michigan Wetlands

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EAST LANSING, Nov. 19, 2015 — Michigan landowners have until Jan. 15, 2016, to submit applications for wetland reserve easements through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Conservation Easement Program. In Michigan, $819,000 in USDA funding is available for the restoration of wetlands and easement costs during fiscal year 2016. “Restoring and protecting wetlands is […]

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Posted on December 9th, 2015 By

USDA Funding Targets Great Lakes

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EAST LANSING, Nov. 18, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture will make over $2.5 million in conservation financial assistance available to Michigan landowners to help improve water quality and wildlife habitat around the Great Lakes. The financial assistance is available to farmers and landowners in selected Michigan watersheds through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. […]

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Posted on December 9th, 2015 By