Ice Safety Tips for the Season

Winter brings various activities to our frozen waters, like ice fishing, ice skating, snowshoeing, etc. Before you venture out on the ice, look over these Ice Safety Tips from the DNR. Enjoy all our waters, but keep safe. Ice Safety Tips Things to consider before you go out: •Ice conditions vary from lake to lake. […]

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Feeding Deer in the Winter

MSU EXTENSION FORESTRY ARTICLE From: Bill Cook, MSU Extension Forester/Biologist Date: January, 2014 The attached article (Feeding Deer) addresses some of the science behind the emotional topic of supplemental deer feeding. Michigan is experiencing a colder winter and snowier winter than most recent winters. The issue of supplemental deer feeding has, once again, been put […]

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Hiring a Consulting Forester

What is a Consulting Forester? A consulting forester (consultant) is a professional forester with a forestry degree from an accredited university program. A consultant’s principal business activity is providing forestry advice to the public on a fee or contractual basis. Consultants do not have financial interests in a timber purchasing or procurement entity. Consultants are […]

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Alternative Tree Species To Replace Ash

Most people have heard of the ash tree and the Emerald Ash Borer. This bug has been the demise of many ash trees across Michigan and the United States. If an ash has been removed from your yard, landscape, or property it is important to know what species to choose to replace it. In the […]

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Wildlife Habitat: Make a Home for Birds, Butterflies, and Nature’s Other Creatures

Make a home for birds, butterflies, and nature’s other creatures To view this entire document created by the USDA Natural Resouces Conservation Service, the National Association of Conservation Districts, and the Wildlife Habitat Council, click the link in the left sidebar. In your backyard Habitat is a combination of food, water, shelter, and space arranged […]

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Butterfly Gardens: How to create your own

by Kathi L. Borgmann and Amanda D. Rodewald Landscaping even the smallest areas will provide habitat for many butterfly species. You can create suitable habitat for butterflies in your yard by selecting the appropriate flowering plants. Not only will you attract beautiful butterflies, but your yard also will be filled with colorful flowers throughout spring, […]

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Attracting Hummingbirds to Your Yard

What follows and the attached document are written for use in Indiana. This does not discount the information as useful to Michigan land and home owners. Hummingbirds are a popular attraction in any backyard. The ruby-throated hummingbird is the only species of hummingbird that nests in the Hoosier state. These colorful visitors are migratory and […]

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Backyard Woods: Attract Wildlife

Like you, wildlife requires food, water, shelter, and space. Your backyard woods has all of these things and is likely already home to a host of wildlife species. But not all woods are created equal. In some, wildlife merely survives, in others it thrives. No matter how large or how small your backyard woods, there […]

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Rain Garden Manual for Homeowners

What is a Rain Garden? A rain garden is an attractive, landscaped area planted with perennial native plants which don’t mind getting “wet feet.” They are beautiful gardens, built in depressions, which are designed to capture and filter storm water runoff from impervious surfaces around the home, such as rooftops and driveways. The benefits of […]

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Protecting Our Water: Tips for Residents

What is Stormwater? Polluted stormwater contaminates streams, rivers and lakes. It can kill or damage plants, fish and wildlife, and can degrade the quality of our water. Runoff from both rural and urban areas can contribute to pollution of our surface waters. In an urban setting, a storm drain system is a vast network of […]

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