Michigan Directory of Consulting Foresters:List of foresters by county - pdf file
Michigan Society of American Foresters (articles): http://michigansaf.org/ForestInfo/Newspaper/0000-Directory.htm
The Master Gardener Hotline - 1-888-MSUE-4MI (888-678-3464)
These experts can help you make wise decisions about your garden, lawn and landscape problems. The toll-free number directs callers to a specialized team of Advanced Master Gardeners who can answer questions, identify plants and pest problems, and help callers understand their pest control options.
A few websites that might be good information resources for MACD staff and clientele.
Michigan Society of American Foresters (esp. the calendar): http://michigansaf.org/
Information regarding Oak Wilt:
Oak wilt, caused by Ceratocystis fagacearum, is a lethal disease of oak (Quercus sp.). The disease is most serious on members of the red oak family, including red oak, scarlet oak, black oak, pin oak, etc. Members of the white oak family are generally not nearly as susceptible: white oak, swamp white oak, burr oak, etc. The disease is comparable to and potentially as serious as Dutch Elm Disease on American Elm. Both are introduced, exotic diseases caused by vascular wilt fungi; both diseases are transmitted by insects; both diseases can be transmitted through root grafts, and both fungi kill their host plants rather quickly.
Report suspect oak wilt in Michigan:
Department of Natural Resources Forest Health Division: DNR-FRD-Forest-Health@michigan.gov or by phone at (517) 284-5895.
If possible, please take one or more photos of the invasive species you are reporting. Also make note of the location, date and time of the observation. This will aid in verification of your report. You may be asked to provide your name and contact information if follow-up is needed.
- Or - use the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network (MISIN) online reporting tool - http://www.misin.msu.edu/report/
- Or - download the MISIN smartphone app and report from your phone - http://www.misin.msu.edu/tools/apps/#home
To learn more about preventing the spread of oak wilt disease in Michigan, visit: www.michigan.gov/foresthealth
Information on Injured or Orphaned Animals:
Please note: The Kalamazoo Conservation District and the Kalamazoo Nature Center do NOT accept injured or orphaned animals.
If you are concerned about an injured or orphaned animal, please visit the Michigan Department of Natural Resources website for a list of Michigan Licensed Rehabilitators BEFORE moving, touching or otherwise handling the animal. These community volunteers are specially licensed to care for and rehabilitate injured animals and can give you more information on your specific situation. Only licensed wildlife rehabilitators are legally able to possess abandoned or injured wildlife. Unless you are licensed, it is illegal to possess a live wild animal, including deer, in Michigan.
Please rememeber that many baby animals spend most of their day alone, waiting for their mothers to return.
For more information please visit the links below:
MDNR - Wildlife & Habitat http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-10370---,00.html
Information regarding Emerald Ash Borer:
Wasps released to control ash borer. A tiny wasp was released in Evanston, Illinois this summer (2009) that may help control damage from the emerald ash borer. The wasp lays its eggs in the eggs of the ash borer. The tiny wasp larvae then hatch inside the borer's egg and eat it from the inside out. The wasps are specialized to prey only on ash borers; they pose no danger to animals and humans. Initial releases are in urban environments. Reportedly there have been encouraging tests in Michigan.
Insecticides for ash borer are described in a new bulletin that "provides the most up-to-date information and research on if, when, and how to treat ash trees." Find more information on: http://www.emeraldashborer.info/
Other Useful Links:
"Water Conservation Throughout the Home" - www.homeadvisor.com/r/home-
Michigan Association of Conservation Districts: www.macd.org
Michigan Natural Resources and Conservation Services: www.mi.nrcs.usda.gov/
Web Soil Survey: http://websoilsurvey.nrcs.usda.gov/app/
Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program: www.maeap.org
US Department of Agriculture/Natural Resources Conservation Service: www.nrcs.usda.gov
US Environmental Protection Agency: www.epa.gov/
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality: www.michigan.gov/deq
Michigan Department of Natural Resources: www.michigan.gov/dnr
Michigan Department of Agriculture: www.michigan.gov/mda
Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy: www.swmlc.org/
City of Kalamazoo Wellhead Protection Website: www.protectyourwater.net
Ducks Unlimited - National: www.ducks.org
Trout Unlimited - Kalamazoo Valley Chapter: www.kvctu.org
Michigan Land Trustees: www.michiganlandtrust.org
USDA Funds Available to Michigan Farmers: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/mi/newsroom/releases/?cid=NRCSEPRD1300451
Great Website for Teachers and Kids:
An interactive website – www.MiWaterStewardship.org – aimed at Michigan residents encouraging
them to take voluntary proactive steps to protect Michigan's water quality.
Michigan Department of Natural Resources: www.outdoorexplorersclub.com
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