Workshops

Grow Your Own Shiitake Mushrooms

April 27, 2019  9 am-11:30 am, MSU AgBio Research Station, 5401 W. Jennings Road, Lake City

In this workshop Jim Moses and Linda Grigg will show you how to inoculate a hardwood log with shiitake mushroom spores.  You will learn the steps for picking the correct logs for inoculating, how to grow shiitake, and how to care for the logs once you get them home.  This can be a project that improves your woods while feeding your delicious mushrooms. 

Registration $20 includes supplies

Registration is required by calling Andrea Mayer at 231.839.7193 or email andrea.mayer@macd.org or by visiting our Online Store.

Morels and Wild Mushroom Safety

May 14, 2019  6:30 pm-8:30 pm, Missaukee Conservation District Community Room,  6180 W. Sanborn Road, Lake City

Learn how to identify the morel and other edible wild mushrooms of spring, so you can safely enjoy picking and eating these wonderful fruits of the forest.  Learn where to find them, how to pick them, and tips on cooking.

Registration $20

Registration is required by calling Andrea Mayer at 231.839.7193 or email andrea.mayer@macd.org or by visiting our Online Store.

Forestry Workshops

Abandoned Christmas Tree Farm Conversion

May 4, 2019  9:00 am-1:00 pm, location TBD, 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.

Registration $15

Pre-registration is required by calling the Wexford Conservation District office at 231.775.7681 ext. 3 or emailing larry.czelusta@macd.org by April 26.

Preparing Your Forestland Property For The Next Generation

June 8, 2019  9 am-2 pm, Wexford Conservation District, USDA Service Center, 7192 E. 34 Road, Cadillac

This workshop will be a great starting point for any family wanting to learn how to “hand down” their forest land to the next generation. This workshop will help you in practical ways to facilitate family succession as well as estate planning. Attorney Nathan Piwowarski of Cadillac will present the legal aspects of forestland estate planning.  Families are encouraged to participate together if possible. 

Registration is $30 for the first family member and $20 for additional members. Registration covers handouts, snacks and lunch. 

Pre-registration is required by calling the Wexford Conservation District office at 231.775.7681 ext. 3 or emailing larry.czelusta@macd.org by May 31. 

Controlling Autumn Olive Workshop and Demonstration

June 22, 2019  9 am-1 pm, Liberty Township Hall, 10510 M-55, Manton

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.

Registration $15

Pre-registration is required by calling the Wexford Conservation District office at 231.775.7681 ext. 3 or emailing larry.czelusta@macd.org by June 14. 

Post Harvest Field Tour

July 20, 2019  9 a.m.-2 p.m. Various location in the Manton Area

Thinking of having your forestland harvested but nervous about what it will look like after logging? This field tour will visit harvested areas that are immediately following, one year after and five years after logging. We will look at good logging and bad logging and discuss how to get the best outcome. Transportation is not provided. Will require some driving in own vehicle. 

Registration 15 

Pre-registration is required by calling the Wexford Conservation District office at 231.775.7681 ext. 3 or emailing larry.czelusta@macd.org by Friday, July 12.