Forestry Assistance

Landowners in Mecosta, Osecola and Lake counties place a high priority on their natural resources. To better assist landowners with management of these resources, Rick Lucas, District Forester, is available to meet with landowners at no cost.

Rick’s service area covers Osceola, Mecosta and & the East Half of Lake County.  His office is located at the USDA Service Center in Reed City.

Some of the information and services that Rick can provide:
  • Free on-site property evaluation
  • Tree and shrub planting recommendations
  • Timber sale assistance
  • Wildlife habitat enhancement recommendations
  • Wetland enhancement
  • Tree insect and disease identification
  • Forest Stewardship Program
  • Commercial Forest Act
  • Qualified forest program
  • Quality Deer Management
  • Land leasing information
  • American Tree Farm Program
  • Christmas tree management
  • Available cost-share programs