Montcalm Conservation District

Montcalm Conservation District The Conservation District is a unit of State government by which local people and public agencies work together to address natural resource concerns and improve quality of life for the residents of Montcalm County.

We are your gateway to natural resources information and assistance in Montcalm County. Conservation Districts are units of State Government by which local people, with the assistance of public agencies, work together to solve soil and water and address and other resource concerns. We assist landowners, communities, and units of government in planning and implementing conservation systems to reduce erosion, improve soil and water quality, improve and conserve wetlands, enhance wildlife habitat, improve woodlands and more.

Mission: To protect Montcalm County’s natural resources through education, outreach and participation.

Operating as usual

Implementing conservation practices like cover crops enhances soil health, improves water quality, and boosts your profi...
12/23/2020

Implementing conservation practices like cover crops enhances soil health, improves water quality, and boosts your profits. To the farmers who participate in conservation practices that protect our water and soils in the Flat River watershed, thank you. Montcalm Conservation District has funded over 400 acres of cover crops this season through our Nonpoint Source Pollution Grant (319) from EGLE. If you would like to learn more about conservation practices Montcalm Conservation District has to offer visit our website at https://www.montcalmcd.org/ or call (989) 831-4212 X 111.

12/22/2020

Our electronic recycling event scheduled for Wednesday, December 23rd has been canceled.

Montcalm Community College
12/19/2020

Montcalm Community College

Tired of being cooped up indoors? Why not step outside for a walk?The Kenneth J. Lehman Nature Trails are open to the public from dawn until dusk, 365 days a year. Located on MCC's Sidney campus, the trails link to the Lena Meijer Heartland Trail Connector which provides access to the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail. For more information, including trail maps, visit montcalm.edu/nature-trails.

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Feed the birds! Whether you’re looking to improve your identification skills, admiring their color schemes, or attractin...
12/18/2020

Feed the birds! Whether you’re looking to improve your identification skills, admiring their color schemes, or attracting them for insect control in your backyard, bird feeders offer many benefits. Montcalm Conservation District has bird feeders available for purchase. Feeders are handmade locally of pine and sealed to protect against the elements. Feeders measure 18”x17”x13” and come with pre drilled drainage holes. You can also pair the bird feeder with Birds of Michigan field guide, Midwest Birds playing cards, Birds, Nests, and Eggs field guide, and Woodworking for Wildlife. Contact Amber Snow at [email protected] or (989) 831-4212 ext. 105 for purchase information. These beautiful feeders sell for $75; all proceeds benefit Montcalm Conservation District programs.

Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development - MDARD
12/10/2020

Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development - MDARD

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire... Michigan ranks first in the nation for production of chestnuts. In 2017, chestnuts were grown on 143 farms, covering 675 acres.

The Heirloom Gardener - John Forti
11/28/2020

The Heirloom Gardener - John Forti

Good to the last needle! Larch - Larix laricina in all of its fall glory and it is one of our only deciduous conifers. Larch is commonly known as 'Tamarack' or 'Hackmatack' which translates to 'the wood from which we make our snowshoes' in native Algonquin languages

11/20/2020
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Are you wondering what items you can recycle? Here is some excellent information from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy regarding recycling tips and tricks. They cover plastic symbols, contamination, and a “cheat sheet” for recycling in your community. Keep in mind, some items like styrofoam are not accepted at any of the 5 drop-off recycling sites in Montcalm County and it is important to read any signs posted nearby. For more information regarding recycling in Montcalm County visit our website at https://www.montcalmcd.org/recycling-and-hazardous-waste.

https://www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/DEQ_Recycling101_web_511597_7.pdf

11/18/2020

Due to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services order, our staff is teleworking to protect our employees and slow the impact that COVID-19 is having on our community. At this time, we are not taking appointments and have canceled our events for November. We look forward to resuming a normal work schedule and assisting the residents of Montcalm County in the near future.

Our office will be closed Wednesday, November 11th in observance of Veterans Day.
11/09/2020

Our office will be closed Wednesday, November 11th in observance of Veterans Day.

Healthy Yards
11/04/2020

Healthy Yards

When we started our Leave Leaves Alone alone effort ten years ago it was hard to find any information about the value of leaves or about the terrible environmental impact of gasoline operated leaf blowers. Today we see wonderful posts, newspaper articles, and letters in local newspapers. Let's keep the momentum going and continue to share information about the value of leaving the leaves with your friends and neighbors. They too want a healthy future for their children😍
www.healthyyards.org. and www.leaveleavesalone.org

The Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) is a proactive and voluntary program designed to help l...
10/30/2020

The Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) is a proactive and voluntary program designed to help landowners evaluate environmental risks. This specific system, Forest, Wetland, and Habitat (FWH), is one of four categories of recognition designed to prevent contamination of groundwater and surface water resources and maintains your forest, wetlands, and/or habitat.

Montcalm Conservation District is leading the way in Montcalm County for Forest, Wetland, and Habitat MAEAP reverification!

Visit our website at https://www.montcalmcd.org/maeap to learn more about MAEAP verification.

Harvest in Montcalm County. Remember to thank a farmer today!
10/30/2020

Harvest in Montcalm County. Remember to thank a farmer today!

Yesterday, it was confirmed that spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula), has been found in far east Jefferson County, O...
10/28/2020

Yesterday, it was confirmed that spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula), has been found in far east Jefferson County, Ohio. While it may seem to be far away, it is important to know what spotted lanternfly is and how to identify it. Spotted lanternflies are considered to be “true bugs” within the order, hemiptera. This pest is native to southeast Asia and was first discovered in eastern Pennsylvania. It hosts primarily on tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus altissima) and feeds on a number of economically important species such as; grapevine, hops, oaks, maples, and apples. It feeds on the tree sap by piercing the tree bark with its straw-like mouthpiece. This causes stress on the tree and with other stress factors such as drought, can lead to dieback. They are most noticeable during their adult stage; they are approximately 1” long and its wingspan is 2”. The forewings are grey with black spots and striping, while the back wings are red, white, and black. Their egg masses are present during the winter and can appear on any outdoor surface. These masses look to be covered in a mud-colored material. The adults and egg masses are easily transported long distances and pose a large risk to agricultural industries in Michigan.

The best way to prevent spotted lanternfly from establishing is to remove tree-of-heaven from your property, monitor other potential host trees, and to not move firewood within or out of the state.

If you believe you have found spotted lanternfly in Michigan, it is important to report it properly and quickly. If you are able, take a clear picture of the insect and the tree it is feeding on and record the GPS location of the insect. You can report these using the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network's app or online reporting tool.
You can also report any sightings to:
MSU Plant and Pest Diagnostic Lab: [email protected] or (517) 432-0988
Michigan Dept. of Agriculture and Rural Development: [email protected] or
1-800-292-3939

For help on identifying and treating tree-of-heaven, contact your local conservation district forester:
Michigan Association of Conservation Districts: www.macd.org/find-your-district
Michigan Forestry Assistance Program: (517) 284-5617

Photos taken by Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

Thank you to everyone who stopped out for our Electronic Recycling event today. If you missed the event, don't worry! Yo...
10/28/2020

Thank you to everyone who stopped out for our Electronic Recycling event today. If you missed the event, don't worry! You can make an appointment to recycle those old electronics by calling (989) 831-4212 x111 or by coming into the Montcalm Conservation District the 4th Wednesday every month. Follow our page and website for updates! This program is possible with cooperative funding from Montcalm County Solid Waste Committee, EGLE Rural Electronics Grant, and the Montcalm Conservation District.

Do you have unwanted electronics? Recycle them tomorrow October 28th at the Montcalm Conservation District from 10:00-2:...
10/27/2020

Do you have unwanted electronics? Recycle them tomorrow October 28th at the Montcalm Conservation District from 10:00-2:00 p.m. Check out the items that are accepted and not accepted below. See you tomorrow!

Mid-October is a magical time here in Central Michigan. Orchards are busy selling fresh apples, pick-your-own pumpkins, ...
10/18/2020

Mid-October is a magical time here in Central Michigan. Orchards are busy selling fresh apples, pick-your-own pumpkins, and hot apple cider. Farmers are out harvesting the fall crops and planting the winter cover, and we get to witness the magic of fall. As the seasons change and the days become shorter, the trees begin to prepare for winter while unleashing a magnitude of fantastic colors, reds, golds, ambers, and purples.

If you're still trying to catch a photo of those beautiful colors, fret not as there is still time to do so! Currently, all of the UP has seen peak color, with the western portion being past peak, but the color should last another week or two. Here in the central LP, this coming weekend and week should bring that peak color. All of the summer green will finally be gone, and all of the oaks will assume their vibrant red hues. For the southern part of the state, peak color should be around the last week of the month, leaving a beautiful entry to November.

If you’ve ever wondered exactly what makes the trees turn the beautiful colors that they do, check out this video made by Michigan State! https://www.youtube.com/c/BeLEAFItorNot/videos

For more information on the upcoming fall color, visit https://www.michigan.org/fallcolormap

10/09/2020

Our Office will be closed on Monday (12th) due to the Federal holiday. We will be back in the office on Tuesday (13th) at 8:00 a.m.

A big thanks to everyone for our successful Fall Seedling sale. We look forward to our Spring sale and continued support...
10/09/2020

A big thanks to everyone for our successful Fall Seedling sale. We look forward to our Spring sale and continued support.

We look forward to seeing everyone who placed an order for our Fall Seedling sale. But just in case you didn't, we have ...
10/08/2020

We look forward to seeing everyone who placed an order for our Fall Seedling sale. But just in case you didn't, we have extras! We will be available today from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. See you soon!

Fall Seedling pick-up THURSDAY October 8th 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Montcalm Conservation District, 77 S. State Street, St...
10/07/2020

Fall Seedling pick-up THURSDAY October 8th 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Montcalm Conservation District, 77 S. State Street, Stanton, MI 48888. See you then!

It’s National Fire Prevention Week! Did you know that in Michigan, the vast majority of wildfire is caused by escaped de...
10/07/2020

It’s National Fire Prevention Week! Did you know that in Michigan, the vast majority of wildfire is caused by escaped debris burns? When burning yard debris, make sure you have a burn permit as well as a plan to keep the fire from escaping. Have water or a fire extinguisher handy as well as fire suppression tools like shovels, rakes, and hoes. Burn permits for Montcalm County can be obtained from your local fire department. Be sure before you burn, that you are aware of any local fire ordinances that may be in effect. Remember, you are legally responsible for any fire that you set. Be like Smokey Bear and make sure that any fires you make are out cold before you walk away. Do your part to keep our forests and communities fire safe! For more information visit Smokeybear.com and NFPA.org. #OnlyYou

Thank you to the 70th District State Representative candidates Patrick Outman and Karen Garvey, Michigan United Conserva...
10/07/2020

Thank you to the 70th District State Representative candidates Patrick Outman and Karen Garvey, Michigan United Conservation Clubs Executive Director Amy Trotter, and the constituents who attended the Conservation Candidate Forum. This event was cosponsored by the Montcalm Conservation District and Mid-Michigan United Sportsman's Alliance.

Recycle your electronics at the Montcalm Conservation District the 4th Wednesday each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
09/22/2020

Recycle your electronics at the Montcalm Conservation District the 4th Wednesday each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

09/21/2020

70th District Candidate Forum
Tuesday, Sept 22 @ 6 PM Sidney Township Park.
See you there!

Fall is a great time to plant. Visit www.montcalmcd.org/trees-native-plants-sale to download our catalog and order form ...
09/15/2020
Trees & Native Plants Sale | mysite

Fall is a great time to plant. Visit www.montcalmcd.org/trees-native-plants-sale to download our catalog and order form or call (989) 831-4212 Ext. 5. Orders are due by September 30th and Pick-up will be October 8th. Thank you for supporting the Montcalm Conservation District.🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲

If you have questions please call (989) 831-4606 x5. Keep watching our page and website for updates on the sale and pickup information.

Have questions about septic system maintenance??? Follow the Mid Michigan District Health Department page durin...
09/14/2020

Have questions about septic system maintenance??? Follow the Mid Michigan District Health Department page during the #SepticSmart week to learn how to care for your system.

Today we're kicking off #SepticSmart Week! This week we recognize the importance of properly caring for and maintaining your septic system. Check in every day for #SepticSmart Quick Tips.

Today, we remind you to Protect It and Inspect It! You can help protect the environment and public health by having your septic system regularly serviced every 1 - 3 years.

09/14/2020
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Aerial mosquito treatment to contain the spread of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) has been planned for Wednesday September 16th. 6 sites will be sprayed in Montcalm County. If you have any questions you can visit the Mid-Michigan District Health Department page or call the State of Michigan EEE hotline at 1-(888) 535-6136. More info from the MDHHS and treatment map are provided below.

https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/MIDHHS/2020/09/14/file_attachments/1545238/EEE%20Aerial%20Treatment%20Press%20Release.pdf?fbclid=IwAR2pH4ucvgv6AhaPGGxwo8YqG8XrluK_-89no9cadtJFInzjPBTQJH1YN_0

https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdhhs/MI_EEE_Treatment_Blocks_FINAL_Sep14_2020_702173_7.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3JQeF5DkbRrPIpLK1G1-Vp1nBUwHsg-10W3GNvM_QRCC5vBVN_1r7t9Z8

Please welcome Mike MacEachron!  Mike recently joined the Conservation District staff as Conservation Assistant to head ...
08/13/2020

Please welcome Mike MacEachron! Mike recently joined the Conservation District staff as Conservation Assistant to head up the 319 Flat River Watershed Grant, assist with various District functions and will take on a new project in the coming weeks. Mike is a GVSU graduate and holds a Natural Resources Management degree with an emphasis in Wildlife Biology, complemented by his well-rounded conservation experiences. We are very excited to have Mike on staff!

Upcoming tire and electronics collections.📺♻️
08/13/2020

Upcoming tire and electronics collections.📺♻️

A sampling of Montcalm County agriculture on an August morning.
08/13/2020

A sampling of Montcalm County agriculture on an August morning.

Trying to identify woody invasive plants on your property? This new DNR website can help you discern the difference betw...
08/13/2020
New website offers help identifying and managing woody invasive plants

Trying to identify woody invasive plants on your property? This new DNR website can help you discern the difference between Michigan's native and non-native species.

For landscapes plagued by autumn olive or entangled in oriental bittersweet, a new website offers help identifying and managing woody invasive plants like these.

🦋  It's Pollinator Week! So small, so significant! How do you help pollinators?🐝
06/22/2020

🦋 It's Pollinator Week! So small, so significant! How do you help pollinators?🐝

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Comments

Are you still doing the Tree day?
I seem to have lost my order form for trees. I see that no one is in the office. Can I tell you what trees I want here?
Could you post the tire and electronics flyer coming up in April?
Do you have a flyer on the tire and electronics you could post? Please.
How about a link to the tree sale
Are you guys looking for a forester?