Forestry

If you are in the fortunate position of owning forested land, we can offer you assistance in managing this precious resource to keep it healthy and productive. Our Outreach Forester is available to walk your woods with you and discuss the general health of the forest, listen to what your goals are with regard to the land, woods, and wildlife, and then provide you with both management strategies and connections to professionals that can assist you in making the dreams you have for your land a reality.

Larry Czelusta (pronounced sa-less-ta) joined the Wexford Conservation District staff in June 2016. He earned a Bachelors of Science degree in forestry from Virginia Technological University and brings with him a variety of forestry experience in both the public and private sector.  Larry enjoys assisting landowners with improving the health and quality of their forests and woodlots. He is available to work with landowners in both Wexford and Missaukee Counties to assist them in actively managing their woodlands. Please contact Larry Czelusta, Outreach Forester for Missaukee and Wexford Counties, at 231.775.7681 ext.3 or larry.czelusta@macd.org to schedule a visit or ask questions.

To learn more about services provided through this grant, please explore our partner’s website,  Forestry.


The 2017 Forest Health Highlights report, released by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources in May 2018, gives an overview of Michigan’s forests, the insects and diseases that have threatened them over the past year, and details about what is being done to improve the state’s urban and rural forests.

The report breaks down forest health threats by examining insects and diseases, forest decline and ongoing forest health research. Accompanying photos and maps illustrate the pests and show the effects they have had on Michigan’s forest system.


Forestry Workshops

Abandoned Christmas Tree Farm Conversion

May 4, 2019  9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Location TBD, Wexford County, Mi

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 is $15.00

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 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Wexford Conservation District  located at the USDA Service Center at 7192 34 Rd, Cadillac, MI

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 a.m.-1 p.m. at Liberty Town Hall, 10510 M-55, Manton MI

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 is $15.00

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 is $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.