Alpena-Montmorency Conservation District

Alpena-Montmorency Conservation District Non profit organization that assists landowners with protection of our Natural Resources. We offer technicians and many services to our community.

The Alpena-Montmorency Conservation District is a local unit of government that has been operating for more than a half century. We are geared at the protection of our natural resources. We have technical staff such as MAEAP Technicians and Foresters that can assist our landowners with their needs. We also provide several services to the people of Montmorency County:

WEEKLY ARTICLES
Each week an article will be published in the Montmorency County Tribune and on our website. These articles cover a variety of subjects related to soil conservation and trees. PLAT BOOKS
Our Plat Books lay out the land outlines for Montmorency County. The pieces of property are all labeled with owners names and they depict where State Land falls and the bodies of water in our County. We now have the 2014 Montmorency County plat books available in the office for you to purchase. These Plat Books are also available for purchase online and at some local businesses in Montmorency County. SOIL SURVEY INFORMATION
The district has a completed soil survey for Montmorency County. Copies are now available at the conservation district office. The district is able to reproduce soils maps and any other soil information that you need. We also offer Soil Test services for our residents. TOPOGRAPHICAL MAPS
You may purchase topographical maps for Montmorency County in our office. The maps show contour lines and symbols that represent such features as streets, buildings, streams, swamps and woods. There are twenty two maps covering Montmorency County. TREE SALES
Tree sales are generally held in the spring and fall. Our Tree Sale Brochures will be published on the website before each sale for Residents to pre-order their trees. Walk-in sales are always welcome during our Seasonal Sales. GRAIN DRILL & TREE PLANTER RENTAL
We offer a grain drill and tree planter for rent at our Alpena office location.

Operating as usual

Free Workshop!
04/02/2021

Free Workshop!

Free Workshop!

Podcast: Agroforestry, an ancient climate solution that boosts food production and biodiversity
02/04/2021
Podcast: Agroforestry, an ancient climate solution that boosts food production and biodiversity

Podcast: Agroforestry, an ancient climate solution that boosts food production and biodiversity

Today we’re taking a look at how agroforestry, an ancient indigenous technology that is increasingly being adopted by farmers around the world, can help solve many of the major environmental issues we’re facing, from deforestation and biodiversity loss to climate change. Listen here: Agroforestr...

Our staff will be holding two Q&A sessions in February for our landowners to learn more about our tree sale and the prog...
01/28/2021
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Our staff will be holding two Q&A sessions in February for our landowners to learn more about our tree sale and the programs we offer. If you need any assistance, join the virtual meetings and ask our staff any questions you may have on our programs!

Meeting dates are Thursday, February 4th and Wednesday, February 24th at 5:00 p.m. all details to access the virtual meetings will be on our website.

www.alpenamontcd.org

Want a weekly dose of Science? Click below to take a listen to a weekly Science topic.

Deer Habitat Improvement Program Grants are available in Alpena, Alcona, Montmorency, Presque Isle, and Oscoda Counties....
01/28/2021
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Deer Habitat Improvement Program Grants are available in Alpena, Alcona, Montmorency, Presque Isle, and Oscoda Counties. Get more information from our website and see if you qualify for assistance in managing deer on your property!

http://www.alpenamontcd.org/deer-habitat-improvement-program-dhip.html

The Northern Lower Peninsula Deer Habitat Improvement Program (DHIP) is a grant program designed to improve deer habitat to assist in reducing the transmission of Bovine Tuberculosis (bTB) and...

2021 Tree Sale Brochure is now available!  Get your orders in soon! Get ahold of our staff if you have any questions. 🌳h...
01/28/2021
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2021 Tree Sale Brochure is now available! Get your orders in soon!
Get ahold of our staff if you have any questions. 🌳

http://www.alpenamontcd.org/tree-sale.html

ORDER DEADLINE: March 31, 2021 Tree pick-up will be at the Alpena Warehouse located at the Alpena Airport on Airport Rd, Alpena Michigan on Friday, May 7, 2021: 9:00am to 5:00pm and at the...

Monarch butterfly population moves closer to extinction
01/20/2021
Monarch butterfly population moves closer to extinction

Monarch butterfly population moves closer to extinction

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The number of western monarch butterflies wintering along the California coast has plummeted precipitously to a record low, putting the orange-and-black insects closer to...

Deer Habitat Improvement Program (DHIP) grant applications are now available! Get yours now at our website at http://www...
01/07/2021
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Deer Habitat Improvement Program (DHIP) grant applications are now available! Get yours now at our website at http://www.alpenamontcd.org/deer-habitat-improvement-program-dhip.html

Deadline to have them in is February 15, 2021. Please read them through carefully because there has been some changes.

The Northern Lower Peninsula Deer Habitat Improvement Program (DHIP) is a grant program designed to improve deer habitat to assist in reducing the transmission of Bovine Tuberculosis (bTB) and...

December public meetings, plus commission/council vacancies
12/01/2020
December public meetings, plus commission/council vacancies

December public meetings, plus commission/council vacancies

The Department of Natural Resources is committed to providing Michigan residents the opportunity to share input and ideas on policy decisions, programs and other aspects of natural resource management and outdoor recreation opportunities. One important avenue for this input is at meetings of the pub...

Montmorency County Conservation Club
10/12/2020

Montmorency County Conservation Club

2020 Elk Patches now available. $6.00 each plus shipping. Call 989.785.4380 for details. Past year patches also available.

Wild About Backyard Conservation Webinar Series
10/08/2020
Wild About Backyard Conservation Webinar Series

Wild About Backyard Conservation Webinar Series

This webinar series is for anyone concerned about our natural resources and what they can do on their own property to promote conservation.

Gypsy Moth Egg SurveyingThe Alpena-Montmorency Conservation District has contracted with Montmorency County to conduct a...
09/26/2020
Gypsy Moth

Gypsy Moth Egg Surveying

The Alpena-Montmorency Conservation District has contracted with Montmorency County to conduct an egg mass survey for gypsy moths this fall. The CD will be coordinating the surveying and compiling data for the county to utilize for identifying areas that could be of concern with gypsy moths in the spring. Our CD Forester, Dr. Greg Corace, will be coordinating the surveying and creating the database of the survey results.
If you have an area that was affected by gypsy moths this last spring, please fill out our survey on our website at www.alpenamontcd.org/gypsy-moth.html to help us identify areas to sample. Filling out a survey will not guarantee that your specific property will be sampled, but it will help us identify places that have been affected the most. All of Montmorency County will be surveyed using a scientific protocol. Once the database is created, Dr. Greg Corace will then provide outreach to area residents to help educate on mitigation strategies. Outreach will include newspaper columns, webinars, in-person presentations, and site visits to anyone requesting one on one discussion concerning their own property. The CD will not be pursuing a spraying option for gypsy moths; we are simply providing this information to the county and providing education on other mitigation options available.
If you have any questions on the survey process or would like to set up a site visit for your property with our Forester, please call Dr. Greg Corace at 989.356.3596 x102 or email him at [email protected].

Have you spotted gypsy moths?

https://m.facebook.com/MiWorksNE/photos/a.656260124391937/4720919827925926/?type=3&d=m
09/15/2020

https://m.facebook.com/MiWorksNE/photos/a.656260124391937/4720919827925926/?type=3&d=m

Accurate Census counts fund programs our region utilizes daily, like: Medicaid, Medicare, SNAP food assistance, HeadStart, Adult Ed, road construction, Pell Grants, heating assistance, unemployment insurance, school lunch programs, and more!

But you only have until Sept 30 to be counted!

It's only 9 questions, takes less than 10 minutes, and is worth $18,000+ per person counted.

Be counted today at 2020Census.gov

Keep your woods healthy for tomorrow
07/16/2020
Keep your woods healthy for tomorrow

Keep your woods healthy for tomorrow

Forest owners have a new tool to identify and address threats to their own forest’s long-term health.

Congratulations Aric on your Forest-Wetland Habitat MAEAP Verification!
07/13/2020

Congratulations Aric on your Forest-Wetland Habitat MAEAP Verification!

ReLeaf Michigan
07/06/2020

ReLeaf Michigan

The Big Tree Hunt is on! Since 1993 the Michigan Big Tree Hunt has been a family-friendly, fun way to find the biggest trees in our beautiful state. Big trees can be anywhere - in your backyard, at the park, on the side of the road! Winners are named for the biggest tree in each county, plus overall awards. Learn more about the contest and how to submit your big tree at www.bigtreehunt.com. The contest runs until next year, closing on August 15, 2021. We can't wait to see pictures of your big trees!

Gypsy Moth Information is now available on our website. You can also view the town hall meeting and find useful informat...
06/25/2020
Gypsy Moth

Gypsy Moth Information is now available on our website. You can also view the town hall meeting and find useful information for managing gypsy moths in your area.

http://www.alpenamontcd.org/gypsy-moth.html

Alpena-Montmorency Conservation District

06/22/2020
www.alpenamontcd.org

Gypsy Moth Town Hall Meeting Information

http://www.alpenamontcd.org/uploads/2/7/9/1/27916525/gypsy_moth_-_town_hall_meeting_agenda.pdf

U-M researchers testing ways to make aspen-dominated forests resilient to climate change
06/18/2020
U-M researchers testing ways to make aspen-dominated forests resilient to climate change

U-M researchers testing ways to make aspen-dominated forests resilient to climate change

PELLSTON—In an aspen-dominated hardwood forest at the northern tip of the state's Lower Peninsula, University of Michigan scientists are testing ways to make the region's forests more resilient to climate change. About 12,000 mature trees—mostly aspen—are being cut on 77 acres at the U-M Biolo...

Gypsy Moth Informational MeetingThe Alpena-Montmorency Conservation District in conjunction with Montmorency County is h...
06/12/2020
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Gypsy Moth Informational Meeting

The Alpena-Montmorency Conservation District in conjunction with Montmorency County is holding a townhall meeting
Wednesday, June 24th, at 3:00p.m., at the County Building in Courtroom A.
This event is a joint effort between MSU Extension, Department of Natural Resources, and the Alpena-Montmorency Conservation District to educate residents on the current gypsy moth issues.

You may attend in person or virtually.

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06/05/2020

Good Afternoon Everyone!
I have been in contact with the different agencies over the last week to get more input on the gypsy moth issue. After all of the research and discussions with my colleagues, DNR, MSUE, and the County, we have decided it is not in our best interest to spray for gypsy moths in our county. Yes there is funding from a millage years ago that was designated for the spraying purpose, but it was not utilized in many years and was voted by the public to re-designate those funds for other natural resource concerns in the county. It is not economically reasonable to do a spraying. New permits and guidelines for a spray county-wide would require the permission of all county landowners and is very time-consuming, this would not be done quickly, and not every landowner is on board for a county-wide spraying. It is also the professional opinion of these Natural Resource professionals that spraying would most likely not be effective and takes multiple sprays to have any effect on the populations. Although the spray that is used is considered organic, it kills other butterflies and moths, some of which are considered endangered. When we look at the whole ecological system, we have to make decisions that help the sustainability of our ecosystems. I understand the frustration everyone is having with the gypsy moths and unfortunately these pests will be here, but luckily they leave just as soon as they show up. There are natural pathogens and predators that will kill them and we always hope that happens quickly.

With all of my discussions with the agencies involved, we all believe it would be beneficial to have an educational meeting with our residents of Montmorency county to help them understand the pests, what to watch for, and how we as private landowners can help prevent them in the first place. I am working on arranging this meeting with the other agencies and we will get a date out to the public immediately. This town hall meeting will be open to the public to attend in person or virtually.

I am also working with the county to get equipment, tools, supplies, etc. available for residents to use on their properties to help get rid of the nuisances they are having. Tools such as a power washer with dawn dish soap can be used on trees, houses, cars, garages, etc to kill the caterpillars and get their messes off of your property. Bands on your trees with any sticky substance at the bottom will keep them from crawling up your trees and then they can be removed into buckets of soapy water to be killed. If they are noticed early, scraping the egg masses off into soapy water kills them as well and eliminates the mess they would create in the spring. If we can have these things available to the landowners at no cost, I would hope it could really help a lot of people.

I have spoken with a lot of residents over the last couple weeks and understand the problems they are having. I am sorry there is no instant fix for these pests, spraying certainly isn't that instant fix that people are looking for either. I hope we can help educate the public on these pests with all of the resource professionals at our meeting and help keep them from reemerging so vastly next year. Thank you for your patience and understanding, I understand not everyone will agree with the ideas being introduced. Please attend this meeting so we can discuss those issues. There will be links and information on our website that all of the above agencies have provided to help explain this information in more depth.

If you are seeing your trees stressed from the defoliation that is happening and are worried about the survival of that tree, please contact our CD Forester, Greg Corace at 989.356.3596 x102 to schedule a site visit. There may be more going on that can be addressed to help those trees.

05/27/2020

Good Evening! We have had many calls today about the emergence of the gypsy moths and I wanted to share with you that we are looking into this issue. I also wanted to share a little bit of history on the creation of the gypsy moth fund and where those funds are now.
The funds from the millage for gypsy moths is in control by the Montmorency County commissioners. The millage that passed was used for spraying many years ago, then that money sat because gypsy moths are cyclical and haven't been an issue again until recently. A few years ago, a vote went before all Montmorency County residents on the ballot to allow that money to be earmarked for any invasive species or natural resources concerns. This allowed different groups the opportunity to approach the county commissioners and request funding for projects to protect our environment. The commissioners have only been approached a few times so far and there are still a lot of funds available for these purposes. Last year the county said they would be willing to put money towards the spraying if needed.
As the Conservation District, I was approached to help look into this possibility. I reached out to the DNR entomologist to get advice on what steps to take on starting a spraying process. DNR will not be spraying on state land and it wasn't recommended to do it on private land either. The CD does not have the ability to spray for this or have the equipment to do so. It would have to be a paid company to come in and do it. We as the Conservation District will work with the county commissioners to see what options we may have and seek out the best research on how to get rid of these by working with professionals. We hope to have information very soon to get out to the public to help educate everyone and come up with solutions everyone can be happy with. Please bare with us while we work on this for our residents of Montmorency county. We will be forthcoming with any information we get on the issue.
Please also know that neither Montmorency County Commissioners or the Conservation District spent the money, it is still there. The county thought it was best to put it to the public for a vote so that we could try and utilize those funds for other natural resource concerns in our county. The Conservation District also is in no way in control of those funds, we just helped coordinate the spraying many years ago.

Wood energy as a climate change solution
05/26/2020
Wood energy as a climate change solution

Wood energy as a climate change solution

Everyone agrees that growing trees is good for the climate; there is tremendous disagreement, however, on whether we should use some of our forest products to produce energy. If properly done, forest bioenergy can produce a win-win for forests and the climate.

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Alpena, MI
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