Over the years Clinton County landowners have expressed a high demand for technical assistance within their forested land. Clinton County currently does not have access to a District Forester. Most of the northern lower and UP have a District FAP forester. There is no one in our area to assist landowners in forest assessment, sustainability practices, stocking, and harvest quantity, etc.
Our office gets numerous calls from landowners that have questions about forestry. They don’t want to apply and wait up to a year for a formal forest management plan (FMP). Currently, we conduct the site visit but have limited knowledge and experience in certain areas such as forestry stockings, timber value, harvests, tree measurements, and emerging tree diseases. It is economically beneficial to the County to have forestry needs met to ensure proper use of wood products along with reducing pest and disease transmission by improper forestry activities.
The Clinton Conservation District is providing opportunities for a free forestry service to interested residents who would like to be better stewards of their land. Woodlots should be over 5 acres and participants must attend the meeting to sign up. Spots will be filled on a first come first serve basis. The program is free, no obligation, and intended to provide management guidance for your forestland.
The forester can give information such as:
If the woodlot is ready/suitable for a timber harvest
The value of certain species, size requirements, harvest logistics
Identify species of trees
Identify invasive species in area
Give advice/tips on how to create better wildlife/deer habitat
Talk about different forest pests/diseases that are relevant to area
Next steps landowners can take towards their goals