Forestry Assistance Referrals
The Forestry Assistance Program works to provide an initial professional contact with landowners who are interested in forest management on their property. Our role is to provide general guidance and information and facilitate referrals to other public and private resource professionals.
Qualified foresters interested in pursuing the project(s) described below should respond to the Montcalm, Kent & Ionia Conservation Districts by email within two weeks of the posting. You may include additional relevant information in your responses pertaining to the project. Forester Maxwell Schrimpf will then forward all emails received to the landowner. Landowners are encouraged to contact all of the consultants who reply in a timely fashion, but the choice remains with the individual landowner. Our office will follow up with landowners to ensure they get the assistance they need.
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Referrals Will Include...
Project #: 34-21-01
Date Posted: 4/30/2021
Date Closed: 5/14/2021
Location: Ionia County, Ronald Twp. T8N R6W Sec 9
Parcel Size: 40 ac, 9.8 ac to be treated
Forest Type: Northern upland hardwoods, oak-hickory. Conifer plantation consisting of pine and spruce.
Water Bodies/Wetlands: Two streams pass through property, both surrounded by recognized forested/shrub wetland that should be protected. Crossing is possible in predetermined locations but may not be necessary for this course of work.
Work Requested: TSI (EQIP Practice 660) is called for on approximately 7.3 ac with the possibility of more if needed. This would primarily be a thin from below as needed to favor the most valuable and productive trees. 2.5 ac has been slated for brush mgmt. (EQIP Practice 314) to remove primarily autumn-olive from the understory of the conifer plantation.
Timeline: Brush mgmt. should be conducted this season if possible, follow-up to be designated as needed. TSI work would be marked and conducted this coming winter during freeze.
Additional Information: Landowner is conducting practices as approved by NRCS and called for by the FMP. EQIP funding is approved for both of these practices.
Project #: 41-21-01
Date Posted: 4/6/2021
Date Closed: 4/19/2021
Location: Kent County, Alpine Twp. T8N R12W Sec 34
Parcel Size: 52 ac, 10 wooded
Forest Type: Northern hardwoods, primarily hard/soft maple and American beech. Oak and hickory mixed in. A good quality site.
Water Bodies/Wetlands: Woods along southwestern edge are a seasonal wetland/floodplain
Work Requested: Stand needs to be marked for mature and intermediate trees to remove to encourage uneven-aged regeneration. Owner wants to remove marked trees over a period of time and does not wish to remove them in a timber sale.
Timeline: Marking would be preferred to be done this season, removal will happen at the discretion of the landowner.
Additional Information: Owner wants to improve the health of the stand through natural recruitment. The stand should be thinned, but access is not ideal for a timber sale so cut stems would be left for soil nutrients. Trees should be marked to encourage high quality regeneration of a mid-successional forest type (oak, hickory).
Project #: 59-21-05
Date Posted: 3/3/2021
Date Closed :3/17/2021
Location: Montcalm County, Pine Twp. T11N R8W Sec 11 & 14
Parcel Size: 3 Parcels = 63 ac total
26, 30.2, and 7.5 ac respectively
Forest Type: Parcel 1 is slightly drier and features red oak, aspen, and white pine. Parcels 2&3 are both lowland stands with standing water most of the year. They too have pine and aspen but not much oak.
Water Bodies/Wetlands: Parcels 2&3 are both wetlands and have standing water in part of the stand most of the year. Landowner tells me that they are not passable by side by side.
Work Requested: This landowner has been approved by NRCS for a CAP-106 for the property. The provider will need to be a registered Technical Service Provider of NRCS.
Timeline: Immediately Post-Referral
Additional Information: The landowner is interested in helping increase carbon storage and the ecological benefits of a diverse forest system. Given the surrounding crop lands, these parcels are important for maintaining water quality.
Project # 59-21-04
Date Posted: 1/29/21
Date Closed: 2/12/21
Location: Montcalm County, Bloomer Twp. T9N R5W Sec 28 & 33
Ionia County, North Plains Twp. T8N 5W Sec 5
Parcel Size: 20 ac & 58 ac respectively, 13 ac & 7.3 ac to be cut
4 acres in Sec 5
Forest Type: North parcel has N. hardwoods favoring hard maple and red oak with lowland species on the road frontage. Parcel in Sec 33 is all lowland favoring aspen. The Ionia parcel is small but has several medium oak, both red and white.
Water Bodies/Wetlands: North parcel has some low area that may hold water in season. Sec 33 is surrounding a man-made pond and the Ionia parcel is just off of a man-made pond also.
Work Requested: Selective harvest to be administered by a consultant.
Timeline: Winter 2022 or 2023
Additional Information: Landowner's property has been in the family for many generations so a healthy forest is important. The parcel in Sec 28 used to be used for maple syrup production and has numerous hard and soft maple. The landowner no longer taps the trees but I recommend cutting the stand to favor the red oak and hard maple for the future. Most of the trees are of poletimber size. The parcel in Sec 33 was cut previously about 10 years ago but the landowner is looking to remove more of the lowland component. The parcel in Sec 5 is small but features several poletimber size oak of both red and white that the landowner has said can be harvested.
Project #: 59-21-03
Date Posted: November 27, 2020
Date Closed: December 12, 2020
Location: Montcalm County; Ferris Twp. T11N R5W Sec 11
Parcel Size: 86 acres, approx. 24 to be cut
Forest Type: Lowland/Northern Hardwood mix; mainly aspen and red oak/hard & soft maple
Water Bodies/Wetlands: Lowland area can be seasonally wet, established 2-track crosses a drain for the lowland area
Work Requested: Selective harvest/TSI as called for by the FMP/EQIP contract
Timeline: Winter 2021-2022
Additional Information: Landowner's property is enrolled in the QFP program so following the harvest schedule is important to them. As of the time of enrollment (2016) the areas to be cut are classified as well-stocked pole timber. I met with the property owner back in October and agreed that the timing was right for the harvest. This landowner is interested in hosting a Tree Farm Field Day this summer, so work for this harvest is a good example to show the proper management of the property.
Project #: 59-21-02
Date Posted: October 21, 2020
Date Closed: November 4, 2020
Location: Montcalm County; Eureka Twp. T9N R8W Sec 19/20
Parcel Size: 6.5 acres
Forest Type: Red oak, black oak, soft maple canopy. 1.5 acre red pine stand with some white pine mixed
Water Bodies/Wetlands: Small seasonal wetland on the NW corner of property with seasonal feeder stream
Work Requested: General thinning across the stand with an intermediate red pine thinning
Additional Information: Landowner is interested in thinning out some of the oak and maple within his property. I recommended that he also have the red pine stand third-row thinned in order to allow them to reach pole size. Property was last thinned approximately 16 years ago. Most of the hardwoods are of the small to medium size. There is one old road that could be reutilized. The landowner does live on the property.
Project #: 59-21-01
Date Posted: October 14, 2020
Date Closed: October 28, 2020
Location: Montcalm County; Winfield Twp. T12N R9W Sec 13 Parcel Size: 46 acres
Forest Type: Oak, mixed hardwoods, lowland hardwood
Water Bodies/Wetlands: Seasonal wetland
Work Requested: Selective Cut as prescribed by the FMP
Timeline: Flexible, possibly harvest winter of 2021
Additional Information: Landowner is looking to work with a consulting forester to create a selective harvest as called for by the FMP. Property was last thinned about 15 years ago. There are some residual skid trails from the prior harvest that can be reused. The wetland cuts across the property, meaning access would require a crossing for a part of the stand.