The U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering conservation assistance to Michigan farmers unable to plant crops due to wet conditions. The USDA is making conservation funds available for farmers to plant summer cover crops to help reduce soil erosion, control weeds and improve soil quality. Read More …
Nature Ranger Day Camp Starts July 1!
The July 8 session is full, but the OCD has space for three more campers in the other eight sessions which will be held every Monday in July and August. If you were hoping to register for Nature Ranger Day Camp, please do so right away! Register Now …
Oceana Conservation District's Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) is offering free well water screenings to test for nitrates and nitrites. You can deliver a one-ounce water sample with a completed form between 8 AM and 4 PM on Wednesday, July 10. The event is free and open to the public. This service is for private drinking water wells only. Read More …
Invasive Species Management Updates
- Japanese Knotweed and Phragmites Our 7-county Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) has grant funding to continue treating Japanese Knotweed and Phragmites in Oceana County. Funding amounts have changed this year so if you would like treatment, you will need to pay into a cost-share program. Individual landowner contributions are based on the size of infestation. We are working with Muskegon Conservation District to do the treatment work. In order to receive treatments we will need a signed cooperator agreement there is a small fee for the treatments. For further information contact the OCD office at 231/861-5600.
- Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) Last winter, crews headed out to lake shore areas of Oceana County to survey hemlock trees for the invasive pest called Hemlock Woolly Adelgid. Treatments are underway and so far 3,250 infected trees have been treated from Charles Mears State Park to Little Sable Point and crew members are currently working south toward Stony Lake. More surveys will take place this fall and winter in the southern half of the county with treatments to follow next summer.
- Oak Wilt Residents, utility workers, and road commissions need to continue to be diligent and avoid cutting/trimming any oak trees until at least July 15. Oak wilt causes sudden death of red oaks. Our forester can provide assistance on diagnosing oak wilt and can share information on how to prevent the spread to other oaks.
You may read the full July Newsletter with links to related information online. You will be able to access past newsletters from this link as well.