The Clinton Conservation District is seeking bids for habitat improvement work in the Rose Lake and Maple River State Game Areas.
Through a Wildlife Habitat Grant awarded by the DNR, the District is looking to establish and improve 126 acres of small game and pheasant habitat. This is the second Wildlife Habitat Grant managed through the Clinton Conservation District, and this project will build upon work already completed in the previous project. All sites slated for improvement are open to public hunting.
For more information and bid packets, please stop by the office, give us a call or email Kelcie Sweeney email@example.com for more information.
The Clinton Conservation District is happy to announce the award of a Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Habitat grant to restore and create habitat in the Rose Lake and Maple River State Game Areas. The Clinton County Pheasant and Small Game Habitat Enhancement Project officially started in October 2017 and continues through September 2019. The project total is $62,330 and will be completed through the partnership of the Gratiot Conservation District, Clinton Lakes Pheasant Co-op and the Clinton County Chapter of Pheasants Forever.
Two sites in the Rose Lake State Game Area and one site in the Maple River State Game Area will receive improvements. All three sites are open to public hunting.
The work scheduled to be done in the Rose Lake State Game Area spans 94 acres. A site located off Upton Road will have a perennial five-acre food plot adjacent to a cool season grass field covering 16 acres. An additional 73 acres of habitat will consist of a 34 acres warm season grass planting, 14 acres cool season grass restoration, 15 acres warm season grass enhancement, and 20 acres switchgrass.
The site within the Maple River State Game Area is located off West Hyde Road and spans 22 acres. Two switchgrass plots are divided by an acre that will be planted with native fruiting shrubs. This site will provide winter cover and food for small game and pheasants.
The District will be seeking local contractors to complete this work this winter.
Our fall newsletter is here! Check it out to see what the conservation district has been up to this fall.
2017 Fall Newsletter
Conservation districts around Michigan use Natural Resource Assessments to help guide programs to serve the needs of their communities. The Natural Resource Assessment is completed every five years to continually gauge what’s important to you and your family now.
The Clinton Conservation District uses the results in a variety of ways that includes seeking funding for programs that are needed to fulfill the community’s natural resource concerns. The Natural Resource Assessment will help the District write grants that focus on the areas the community sees as most valuable, will help guide the MAEAP Technician goals and help us know where to spend our time on education.
Below are a few of the most important survey results. As always, please call or email our office with any questions.
The Mid-Michigan CISMA is turning ONE!
What is a CISMA?
CISMA stands for Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area. The CISMA has many organizations partner together to educate people, young and old, about invasive species and their effects on our environment. CISMAs also track the spread of invasive species and help facilitate treatment of priorities species and sites.
Where is the Mid-Michigan CISMA located?
The Mid-Michigan CISMA (or MM-CISMA) is comprised of Ingham, Eaton, Clinton and Ionia counties. The MM-CISMA Coordinator, Erin Jarvie, is based out the Ingham Conservation District office in Mason. Locally, conservation districts in Clinton, Eaton and Ionia counties serve as the first source of invasive species information.
What invasive species are we tracking?
The MM-CISMA prioritizes three species: black swallow-wort, Japanese knotweed and non-native phragmites. The MM-CISMA also raises awareness about other state priority invasive species including aquatic and insect invasive species.
What has the MM-CISMA done in just ONE year?
- Doubled the number of reports to the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network. View, Learn and Report invasive species at misin.msu.edu
- Engaged over 80 volunteers in local invasive species identification and survey events. Go to the MM-CISMA website at inghamconservation.com/mm-cisma to learn about upcoming opportunities!
- Held FOUR Aquatic Invasive Species Events at boat launches to raise awareness about aquatic hitchhikers and regulations regarding cleaning your boat.
- Trained 58 local municipal employees to identify invasive species and understand the impact invasive species can have on a community.
- Directly interacted with 4,000 people through outreach events and a further 200,000 people through news articles, social media and advertising.
Want more information?
LIKE the MM-CISMA’s Facebook page or contact the MM-CISMA Coordinator!
Erin Jarvie, MM-CISMA Coordinator
It is our philosophy that decisions on conservation issues should be made at the local level by local people…and we want to hear from you! Every five years the Clinton Conservation District seeks input from county residents on the natural resource concerns within Clinton County. This survey helps the Conservation District prioritize efforts and direct resources toward the most important natural resource needs of the County. We have developed a simple, short survey that will allow you to tell us what is important to you. Surveys can be completed online by clicking here or you can download a copy that can be filled out and faxed, mailed, emailed, or dropped off at the Conservation District office. We would also be happy to send you a paper survey upon request. All responses will be kept strictly confidential. Please complete surveys by April 30, 2017.
Our 2017 spring newsletter is now available. Take a look and find out all the great things we’ve been up to.
2017 Spring Newsletter
We are pleased to announce our 63rd Annual Meeting and Banquet. Please join us for dinner, presentations from staff on last year’s accomplishments and announcement of the 2017 Conservationist of the Year.
In addition, Dr. Deb McCullough, an entomologist and professor at Michigan State University, will be the keynote speaker for the evening. She will talk about the impacts from invasive species like Emerald Ash Borer and our newest forest threat, Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, on Michigan’s forests and the timber industry.
The annual meeting will take place Tuesday March 21st from 5:30-8pm at AgroLiquid Fertilizers, 3055 W. M-21 St. Johns, Michigan 48879. This family friendly event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP by Friday, March 17th so we know how many places to set. Call 989-224-3720 x5, email, or contact us through Facebook to tell us how many are coming.
We hope to see you there!
Annual Meeting Flyer 2017
The Clinton Conservation District and Michigan State University Extension are excited to announce an upcoming workshop opportunity geared to local producers. The sessions will provide tools needed for best management of soil, water and nutrients on and off the farm.
Sessions to include:
Drainage Water Management – keep those valuable nutrients on the field!
Dr Ghane, a newly appointed drainage water management specialist with Michigan State University, will provide information on how to manage drainage water, tools available for control and the benefits managing tile water has for you and your soil!
Cover Crops – an important tool in your arsenal.
Have you ever wondered what kind of cover crop mix is best for your production? Are cover crops even suitable for your farm? Extension educator Paul Gross will explain how cover crops can enhance your soil, feed livestock and keep you on top of the soil instead of in it next fall.
Conservation Programs – What can we do for you?
MAEAP, NRCS and the Conservation District all have programs that benefit you and your farm, learn how these programs and technical assistance can help you manage your risks. This program will provide MAEAP Phase I credit.
Plus, James DeDecker will provide an update on a local project looking at farm management practices!
Programming will take place on Thursday, February 23rd at the Clinton County RESA building in St Johns. Registration will begin promptly at 8:30am. We hope you’ll join us for this free event culminating in lunch provided by Litwiller Catering! Register HERE
Contact the Clinton Conservation District at 989-224-3720 ext. 5 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to register. Remember to LIKE the Clinton Conservation District on Facebook for the latest news!
Order forms are now available for the fall native plant and tree sale.
Visit our tree sale page for more information or call our office (989) 224-3720 x5 to place an order over the phone.