Healthy Forests: Caring for our Trees Workshop

News Release

Contact Person: Kama Ross, District Forester

Leelanau, Benzie and Grand Traverse Conservation Districts

231-256-9783, kama.ross@macd.org

Release Date: Immediate until March 10, 2016

Healthy Forests: Caring for our Trees Workshop

Date: Saturday, March 12, 2016

Time: 9:00 – 12:00 p.m.

Location: Boardman Nature Center, Grand Traverse Conservation District, 1450 Cass Road, Traverse City

Fee: $10/person, pre-registration required by the March 10th (no walk-ins please)

Registration: Leelanau Conservation District, 231-256-9783, with a credit card or mail in a check made out to Leelanau CD, 8527 E. Government Center Drive, Suite 205, Suttons Bay, MI 49682.

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King Oak and his Court photo credit Mark Smith

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Area landowners are invited to a Forestry Assistance Program Workshop to learn about how we can best keep our trees healthy and growing vigorously. Healthy Forests: Caring for our Trees Workshop will be held on Saturday, March 12, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Boardman Nature Center, Grand Traverse Conservation District, 1450 Cass Road, Traverse City.

Russell Kidd, Michigan State University Extension Forester Emeritus, and Kama Ross, District Forester, will give you practical ways to minimize your loss in the forest or losing trees in your own backyard. The workshop will cover the best defense practices that will help maintain and promote healthy growth and form so trees are in a good position to ward off the effects of insect and disease outbreaks, and other major stressors. Statewide and local forestry concerns such as Emerald Ash Borer, Beech Bark Disease, Oak Wilt and Asian Long-horned Beetle will be discussed. Information will help landowners identify concerns, understand the risks, and decide on the best management control options for their forest and landscape trees.

Learn about how you can become involved in the new “Sentinel Tree” Program, a volunteer program of monitoring and reporting health conditions into a statewide data base to increase our chances of effective control of non-native threats to our forests. Russ Kidd will also give tips for keeping trees in good shape with annual pruning and maintenance practices. Weather permitting, a pruning demonstration, including the proper tools to use, will help landowners confidently make maintenance a part of their yearly schedule. Please call the Leelanau Conservation District office at 231-256-9783 by Thursday, March 10 to register.  The $10/person fee can be paid by credit card or by mailing in a check made out to Leelanau CD, 8527 E. Government Center Drive, Suite 205, Suttons Bay, MI 49682.

Mark Smith

Grew up in Petoskey, so perhaps one of the few people in Leland who headed south to end up "Up North". Graduated from U of M. Taught in Scotland for 10 years, came back to Leland in 1989 and taught English for 25 years at Leland Public School. Still teach part time for NMC. My lovely wife is named Marjory - three grown kids (two living locally) and three grandkids. We live on N. Lake Leelanau with access to both lakes Michigan and Leelanau Life is good!