Learn land management tips from the Bear Lake field tour

BEAR LAKE — The public is invited to learn about habitat management during a field day.

Presented by the Manistee and Mason-Lake Conservation Districts, Forestry Assistance Program, American Tree Farm System, and Alpha Nurseries, Inc., the field day will teach attendees about the various factors to consider when making management decisions. management on their forest or non-forest property.

The event will take place on an 80-acre parcel owned by Jeff Busscher, president of Alpha Nurseries, located at 8933 Glovers Lake Road in Bear Lake and is scheduled to run from 9:30 a.m. to noon on July 21. Participants are requested to meet at 9.15 a.m. Following the visit, a lunch and a question-and-answer session will take place from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

The event has been approved for 2.5 Category 1 continuing education credits from the Society of American Foresters.

There is no cost to attend the field day and lunch will be provided. Space is limited, so interested parties should register by July 15 by contacting the Manistee Conservation District at 231-889-9666 or emailing Josh Shields, Districts Forester and Wildlife Biologist Manistee and Mason-Lake Conservation, at [email protected]

During the field day, Shields and Busscher will discuss the following aspects of habitat management:

• The history of the parcel of approximately 80 acres;

• The benefits of habitat management, management plans and collaboration with private and public sector professionals;

• Programs such as the Qualified Forest Program, the American Tree Farm System and the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program;

• Commercial forest management practices implemented on the plot;

• Management of invasive non-native species on the parcel, including beech scale, emerald ash borer, Scots pine, invasive shrubs and mustard garlic; and

• Management and restoration of non-forest habitat, including planting of trees and shrubs, native wildflowers and grasses, and wildlife food patches.