Education for producers on forest management

The purpose of this event is to educate landowners on multi-resource management (farm land, forested land and wildlife) to maximize the potential of their natural resources. Many farmers under utilize their forest lands in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. This program will educate producers on forest management and the benefits of a management plan. We will talk about the development of a management plan for timber stand improvement, increase in wildlife habitat to relieve pressure on farm fields, and a look at timber production as a long-term crop. Matt Watkeys, District Forester, will be leading a “conversation in the woods” about forest management and Misa Cady, NRCS District Conservationist, will discuss the Farm Bill programs available to assist this work. This program will also feature research on wildlife management as it relates to crop damage. Wildlife management on farms has become challenging due to the close proximity of our fields and forests. Experts from DNR and MSU Extension will be leading a round table on wildlife management.  June 26, 2018 at the Chatham Research Center starting at 5:00p