Invasive Plant Species Threaten the Health of Your Forest

Forests are a wonderful place to relax, enjoy nature, hunt, and engage in other fun activities, but our enjoyment of our forests is threatened by numerous invasive plant species. These plants can outcompete – and sometimes, even replace – native plant species, which significantly impacts the long-term health of our forests.

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Does Dirt Hurt?

“Dirt Don’t Hurt”, unless you are talking about sediment. Sediment is made up of loose particles of clay, silt or sand that have been eroded from the soil. Once eroded, they become free flowing in air or water and eventually settle onto land, stream bottoms or lake beds. Sediment is among the most abundant types of non-point source pollution. It is estimated that over 4.5 billion tons of sediment pollute the rivers of the country each year. That is the equivalent of 25,000 football fields, 100 feet deep!

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Conservation In Action

3 RUP Credits, 3.5 CCA Credits, and a MAEAP Phase 1 Credit available!

Registration at 8:30 A.M. at the Shiawassee County Fairgrounds. Busses leave at 9:00 A.M.

This event is free and includes lunch.

RSVP REQUIRED by September 5, 2018 at Shiawassee Conservation District 989-723-8263 x3.

High Tunnel Systems ~ Transition to Organic ~ Right to Farm ~ Farmer Veteran Coalition ~ Cover Crops ~ Forest Management

  • Join us as we tour two high tunnel systems and learn how Veteran farmers, Richard and Katy Stone are using them to grow their vegetable operation. Also hear steps they have taken and reasons for transitioning to become certified organic. Nick Babcock from the Michigan Farmer Veteran Coalition will also discuss how the coalition helps Veteran farmers in Shiawassee County and across the United States.
  • Cover crops offer so many benefits. Join us to hear why one local farmer is planting no-till soybeans into cover crops, and terminating cover crops after planting and how it benefits soil health among other things.
  • Ben Tirrell, Program Manager for Michigan Right to Farm at Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development will break down what this program means for farmers and their neighbors.
  • Following a forest management plan improves wildlife habitat, increases profitability, and increases aesthetics. Jeff Tuller, Consulting Forester will join us to discuss why a forest management plan is so important.

There will be walking around farms or across fields at each stop of the tour

If you need accommodations to participate in this event, please contact the Shiawassee Conservation District at (989) 723-8263 x3 by September 5, 2018. USDA is an equal opportunity employer, provider and lender.

What Do You Have Planned for Your Woods?

How do you enjoy your woods? Are you a bird watcher or a hunter? Do you harvest the berries, mushrooms, or timber that it produces? Maybe you just enjoy the natural beauty of trees. Like your yard and garden, your woods need to be cared for so that they meet your needs and wants. Forests change over time. As trees and plants grow and die, other plants will grow in their place. Wildlife will change too, as their food and habitat changes. You can create and maintain a woodlot that you will enjoy by removing plants that you don’t want, planting ones that you do want, managing insects and disease, and harvesting products.

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Escape Ramps Benefit Wildlife

Do you have a livestock watering tank or trough on your farm? Many watering facilities have not been designed with wildlife in mind. Although they are used to provide water to livestock, they can double as vital water sources for bats, birds and other wildlife. Considering the needs of wildlife in the installation of livestock water facilities is not only the right thing to do, but it will result in cleaner water for livestock and less maintenance for the producer. You can maximize the quality of water for your livestock and provide a safe water source for wildlife by making a few easy changes.

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Little Things Can Make A Big Impact For Wildlife

Everything you do, or don’t do, on your land has an effect on the wildlife you share it with and the fish in the streams and rivers. Just letting plants grow taller, rather than clipping them close to the ground, creates more cover for wildlife. Or letting a few plants grow taller results in more insects for young birds.

If you think about leaving food or cover for wildlife and fish as you manage your land, you’re on your way to doing the little things that can add up to having a major impact. Here are some suggestions along the way:

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How Do You Spell Conservation?

How do you spell conservation? At the Shiawassee Conservation District office, we spell it S-W-A-P-A-H-E. It is our mission to help Shiawassee County residents protect and conserve our natural resources. We do this through education and conservation planning, considering each natural resource – Soil, Water, Air, Plants, Animals, plus Humans and Energy. Take the first letter of each word and you get SWAPA+HE!

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