Michigan - District helping county officials establish community forest
The Delta Conservation District helped county officials complete a purchase for 1,400 acres in Cornell Township for use as a community forest. The land was formerly owned by forest products company Weyerhaeuser. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Trust Fund Grant provided significant funding for the purchase.
Delta Conservation District Executive Director Rory Mattson told the Daily Press that logging will serve as a new revenue stream for the county. “Within probably 20 years, this property will pay back anywhere from 20 to 30 times what this county put into it,” Mattson said.
The district plans to install signs, set up a timber sale in conjunction with Weyerhaeuser, establish survey corners, and develop a forest management plan.
North Carolina - Event gets students ‘thinking, moving, and talking’ about natural resources
The Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District was among several North Carolina partners to help organize a two-day Conservation Field Day for sixth grade students in the county. Students learned about forestry, soils, wildlife, the water cycle, and agriculture production through lectures, hands-on learning, and games.
“They’re learning about topics such as the function of soil for septic systems and how they identify trees that may need to be removed,” Ann Cesna, assistant principal at West Lincoln Middle School, told the Lincoln Times-News. “They’re seeing the correlation of what this is and how it relates to where they live. It gets them thinking, moving, and talking about the things they love which is soil and dirt – all out of the classroom.”
During the field day students also discussed careers available in various conservation fields.
Iowa - Program helps landowners purchase shade trees
Residents in Iowa can now purchase landscaping trees at a discounted rate to help reduce their energy costs. Through the Operation ReLeaf program, Alliant Energy customers may purchase landscaping trees for $25 each; the trees retail for between $65 and $125, according to program officials.
“Planting a diverse mix of trees on your property and in your neighborhood will reduce the likelihood of losing a large number of trees to forest health threats,” Iowa State Forester Jeff Goerndt told The Gazette.
Goerndt said they are encouraging homeowners who do not intend to treat for emerald ash borer to plant a replacement tree within 30 feet of the existing ash tree. Foresters have been working with local partners to create community tree inventories that will guide future tree planting efforts to keep a healthy mix of tree species. The program is funded by Alliant Energy and administered by the Iowa DNR with assistance from local partners, including the Jones Soil and Water Conservation District.