Free Wildlife and Pollinator Habitat Workshops for Landowners
5:30 p.m., Cabela’s, 110 Cabela’s Blvd. E. in Dundee
WHY Grasslands (editable presentation available): Why grasslands are valuable (food security, water, air and soil quality, wildlife benefits, pollinators, quality habitat, visually pleasing, etc). Community collaborative efforts (Michigan Wildlife Cooperatives, Pollinator Designation Program, Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative). The value of working together. Recommended speakers: MUCC, NWF, Nature Center, Nature Conservancy, DNR, bee farmers.
HOW Information and Funding: This is an opportunity for the Conservation District to promote the tools and resources they have available: drills for rent, seed sales, tree sales, backpack sprayers, site visits, custom plantings, habitat management plans, workshops/events, other partners/resources/programs locally available (USFWS, DNR, USDA, FSA, NRCS). Recommended speakers: Conservation District, FBB, USFWS, USDA, habitat consultants, seed providers/dealers, NRCS, MSUE.
HOW Technical Information (editable presentation available): Details to be outlined pertaining to the implementation and maintenance of grassland structures should include: selecting seed mixes, importance of native plants, site preparation and planting, landscape context on wildlife, seeding rates, and showcasing informational resources (Landowners Habitat Guide, NRCS, etc.). Recommended speakers: DNR, MSUE, habitat consultants, FBB.
QDMA/PF Support: please promote seed sales, educational events, hunting opportunities, youth events, banquet dates, what local branches/chapters can offer (seed, equipment, management assistance, money), PF Seed brochures, etc. Recommended speakers: local QDMA and PF leaders/volunteers.
Board meeting schedule:
The second Tuesday of each month
November – March 6:00 p.m.
April – October 7:00 p.m.
Held at the USDA Service Center
1137 South Telegraph Road, Monroe, MI