Nature Naturally

Creating a Native Garden In Your Backyard
September 19, location Lake City Fire Department, 115 W. John Street, Lake City. We are holding the workshop and sale during the Festival of the Pines weekend.

Garrett Noyes of Birdsfoot Native Nursery will focus on techniques for growing native plants for landscaping and habitat enhancement.  Site preparation, design seeding, transplanting, and maintenance will be discussed including some hands-on components as well as best practices to attract and support pollinator and other wildlife species. Reserve your spot today by calling our office at 231.839.7193 or register online at  Cost for the workshop is $10 for Missaukee County landowners and $15 for non-landowners. Please register by September 14, 2020.

Hardwood Marking for Landowners

Saturday, September 26, 9 am to 1 pm; site is 3 miles south of Cadillac (exact directions will be given to registrants)

This hands-on, outdoor workshop is designed for landowners of small woodlots of northern hardwoods It will instruct how to selectively mark their own hardwoods for a harvest.  The goal is to teach how to select trees to remove with an emphasis to improve the quality of the remaining stand; to thin the stand to improve growth and still maintain diversity and good minimum density.  Other topics will include how to retain and manage important wildlife habitat components such as rare and sensitive habitats and species, mast trees, cavity trees, and coarse woody debris.  Density measuring devices will be given to workshop registrants. This workshop will only teach tree selection and will not teach volume estimation and appraisal.  Preregistration is required.  Snacks and lunch will be provided according to COVID precautions. Bringing a clipboard is recommended. Please pre-register by September 16.  Cost is $30 per person.  Contact Forester Larry Czelusta at or 231-775-7681 ext 3.  PLEASE REMEMBER THAT SPACE IS LIMITED! Since the workshop has a limited attendance, we ask that you reserve a spot by sending cash or a check for $30 per person made out to: Wexford Conservation District along with the name(s) of the attendee(s), and a contact phone number. Josh and I are really looking forward to this workshop and we are looking forward to meeting you.