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 to schedule a visit or ask questions.

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

The 2016 Forest Health Highlights report, recently released by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, 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

Past Workshops

Ties to the Land – Generational Forestland Transition – September 16, 2017 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  
Grand Traverse Conservation District, Traverse City, MI
This day-long workshop will be a great starting point for any family wanting to learn how to “hand down” their forest land to the next generation. Ties to the Land is a program that will help you in practical ways to facilitate family succession as well as estate planning. Families are encouraged to participate together if possible.  Registration is $65 for the first family member and $15 for additional members. Registration covers a 76 page workbook, CD-ROM, extra handouts, snacks and lunch. Contact District Forester Larry Czelusta at 231.775.7681 ext 3 or email for more information.

Chainsaw Safety – June 10, 2017  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Career Tech Center, Cadillac
A chainsaw is arguably the most dangerous hand-tool known to mankind. Yet, it can be purchased without proof of qualifications or a certification. The course is offered by the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration and taught by instructor Chuck Oslund, retired surveyor and firefighter for the USDA Forest Service. His seminars teach why each saw operator must have a safety system, the elements of a good safety system, mental aspects of safety, safer chainsaw handling techniques, and the state-of-the-art safest way to fall a large diameter tree. If you currently operate a chainsaw, or plan to purchase a saw in the future, you need to be aware of these concepts to help you use it safely. The workshop is free of charge. Lunch and snack will be provided, $10 donation requested.

What to do with an old Christmas tree farm – July 29, 2017 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cadillac, Michigan.
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.  Contact District Forester Larry Czelusta at 231.775.7681 ext 3 or email for more information. There is a $10 charge for this workshop.