Forestry Workshops

Keep More Money from Your Timber Sale
Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM, USDA Service Center, 7192 E. 34 Road, Cadillac, MI 49601
If you are a logger, landowner, or farmer who has had bought or sold timber sale in the past 3 years, or plan to harvest timber, then this is a must see session: Keep More $$$ From Your Timber Harvest!!! (by Susan Metcalfe, Metcalfe Forestry & Burns Timber Tax Service) will cover a range of topics involving your potential taxes on the money earned by buying and selling timber, how to keep more $$ in your pocket & pay less in tax. This will also cover myths common in the forestry and accounting communities, explain about the capital gains treatment of the purchase and sale of timber, and give valuable tips on how some loggers can drastically reduce their regular income and tax liability and how some landowners can pay no tax on their timber sale revenue.

Pre-registration is required by calling the Wexford Conservation District office at 231.775.7681 ext. 3, or emailing: larry.czelusta@macd.org by October 29 Seminar fee is $15.

Forestry Field Day – Northern Hardwood Forest Management
Saturday, September 29  9:00 am-2:00 pm Bloomfield Township, Missaukee County (6 miles north of Lake City). Northern hardwood forests are beautiful but complex.  A diversity of species grow together in a changing and dynamic way.  With the loss of ash and beech trees from this complex forest community, nature will struggle to compensate. Never has there been a time where careful management is absolutely necessary. This event will entirely be an outdoor workshop that will teach hands-on skills to understanding and managing a northern hardwood forest.

The field day was offered for $20 and a box lunch was provided. Pre-registration was required by calling the Wexford Conservation District office at 231.775.7681 ext. 3 or emailing larry.czelusta@macd.org by September 25.

Controlling Autumn Olive Workshop and Demonstration
Saturday, July 7  9:00 am–1:00 pm   Cadillac area.  Autumn olive is an invasive species that out-competes and displaces native plants. It can produce up to 200,000 seeds each year, and can spread over a variety of habitats and grows in even the most unfavorable soils. It reproduces quickly and with little effort at all. Birds are quite attracted to the seeds, and will scatter them throughout pastures, along roadsides and near fences. Even attempting to remove autumn olive by cutting or burning from your property can cause unwanted spreading as the shrub germinates easily. Autumn olive is one of the most troublesome shrubs in Michigan. In this workshop you will learn to identify and control autumn olive using chemical and non-chemical methods.  This workshop will be led by Vicki Sawicki, Invasive Species Specialist with North Country CISMA.

The workshop was free of charge, but donations were accepted. Pre-registration was required by calling the Wexford Conservation District office at 231.775.7681 ext. 3 or emailing larry.czelusta@macd.org by July 2.

Abandoned Christmas Tree Farm Conversion
Saturday, August 18  9:00 am–1:00 pm Colfax or Antioch Township Hall, Wexford County.  Are you the owner of an abandoned Christmas tree farm and want to convert it to a more natural and manageable forest, but are frustrated with how to get it done. You are not alone.  This workshop will discuss the challenges and opportunities of Christmas tree farm conversion.  This workshop should give you a practical plan to making your conversion happen.

The workshop is free of charge, but donations are accepted. Pre-registration was required by calling the Wexford Conservation District office at 231.775.7681 ext. 3 or emailing larry.czelusta@macd.org by August 14.

See a workshop you would have liked to participate in but missed? Let us know! Our workshop ideas and offerings are ever changing, but with enough interest can be offered again. Email: sherry.blaszak@macd.org.