Article by Shawn Kelly, Conservation District Forester for Allegan, Barry, and Ottawa Counties. Allegan County is now the 25th county within the Lower Peninsula to play host to the exotic pest known as Beech Scale, which in conjunction with an exotic fungus has caused the mortality of millions of American beech trees in Michigan to […]
If you live near woods and deer, you’ll find this article very interesting and educational. It has pictures of forests or wooded areas and even lawns where deer are having a negative affect. Here’s an excerpt from the article. “As a natural resource, white-tailed deer are enormously important. With harvests approaching record levels in many […]
More people than ever are concerned with how things affect the environment. Although this concern often gets lost in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, families can easily make one choice that will help them do their part to better the environment as well as help their local economy. That choice is to use […]
Research at the Stroud Water Research Center has determined that forest is the best buffer for prevention of stream pollution, and these buffers should be at least 100 feet wide. Their report says, in part, “The Ecosystem benefits of wider forest buffers for streams include nitrogen pollution removal, soil sediment trapping, bank erosion prevention, improved […]
The wolf population in Michigan is essentially unchanged. Biologists at the Michigan DNR say that according to this year’s wolf population survey, there is no significant change from last year. This despite the taking of 22 wolves in last year’s hunting season.
DNR advises caution to prevent spread of oak wilt disease July 15 marks the end of the three-month window when oak wilt can be transmitted from diseased to healthy red oak trees. Although this time frame is coming to a close, the Department of Natural Resources reminds residents not to move wood from trees with […]
It’s Summertime and Naturally You Want a Green Lawn Caring for your lawn means caring about the environment, especially when it comes to our rivers, lakes and streams. The Great Lakes are a national and international treasure, representing more than 90 percent of the fresh surface water in the United States. Good lawn maintenance practices […]
An interactive website MI Water Stewardship aimed at Michigan residents, encourages them to take voluntary proactive steps to protective our water quality. There is a tab for Residents, Youth and Educators. Get started at “How Green are You?” under the residents tab. You’ll find great learning tips about environmental education, watersheds, environmental terms, etc. The […]
Once again this year there is a line-up of Kalamazoo River Canoe events happening throughout the summer and fall. Click here for a brochure 2014 Kanoe the Kazoo You can also go to kalamazooriver.org for more information.
Without private landowners there would not be much of a timber industry……