Resources for Landowners

Professional Consultants

This is a list of organizations and professionals who can help you with your natural resources needs. Click for contact information.

Name: Aquatic Nuisance Plant Control

Website: http://www.aquaticnuisanceplantcontrol.com/

Email: info@aquaticnuisanceplantcontrol.com

Phone: (989) 345-7574

Address: 3930 Perry Holt Road, West Branch, MI  48661

Areas of expertise: aquatic invasive species

Name: Black River Habitats

Website: http://www.blackriverhabitats.com/

Email: jbridgland@niswander-env.com

Phone: (269) 208-6275

Address: 1517 60th Street, Fennville, MI 49408

Areas of expertise: native plants, food plots, surveyor, invasive species

Name: Charlevoix County Conservation District

Website: http://www.charlevoixcounty.org/

Email:

Phone: (231) 582-6193

Address: Boyne City, MI

Areas of expertise: Shorelines, Agriculture, forests, soils, groundwater, conservation education, native plant sale

Name: Cheboygan County Conservation District

Website: http://www.cheboygancd.org/

Email: pegban@nmo.net

Phone: (231) 627-3383

Address: 825 South Huron, Suite 2, Cheboygan, MI 49721

Areas of expertise: forestry, soils, groundwater, conservation education, maps

Name: Designs by Nature

Website:

Email: designsbynature@hotmail.com

Phone: (517) 651-6502

Address: 9874 Chadwick, Laingsburg, MI 48848

Areas of expertise: native landscaping, environmental education, wildlife habitat, native wildflowers and grasses nursery

Name: Emmet County Conservation District

Website: http://www.emmetcd.org/

Email: jackie.pilette@macd.org

Phone: (231) 439-8997

Address: Harbor Springs, MI

Areas of expertise: Farmsteads, crops, greenhouses, orchards, forests, soils, groundwater, nature education, tree sale

Name: GEI Consultants of Michigan

Website: http://www.geiconsultants.com

Email: bmajka@geiconsultants.com

Phone: (517) 525-3882

Address: Williamsburg, MI 49690

Areas of expertise: restoration, invasive species

Name: Huron Pines

Website: http://www.huronpines.org/

Email: info@huronpines.org

Phone: (989) 448-2293

Address: 4241 Old 27 South #2, Gaylord, MI 49735

Areas of expertise: Habitat restoration, Invasive species, buffers/greenbelts, Wildlife viewing enhancement, Native plantings, Instream and shoreline habitat restoration, Rain gardens, Forest health improvement

Name: Michigan Natural Features Inventories (MNFI)

Website: http://mnfi.anr.msu.edu/services/inventory.cfm

Email: klattb@msu.edu

Phone: (517) 284-6200

Address: Lansing, MI 48901

Areas of expertise: Natural areas, plants, and animal surveys

Name: Niswander Enviromental, LLC

Website: http://www.niswander-env.com/

Email: info@niswander-env.com

Phone: (810) 225-0539

Address: 9436 Maltby Road, Brighton, MI 48116

Areas of expertise: wetlands, wildlife, surveys, mapping, restoration

Name: North by Nature Landscapes

Website: http://www.nbnlandscapes.com/

Email: northbynature@nbnlandscapes.com

Phone: (231) 340-0446

Address: 465 Orchard Ridge Drive, Petoskey, MI 49770

Areas of expertise: shoreline restoration, native landscaping,

Name: Otsego County Conservation District

Website: http://www.otsegocd.org/native-plant-nursery.html

Email: ewescoat-large@otsegocountymi.gov

Phone: (989) 732-4021

Address: 800 Livingston Blvd. Suite 4A, Gaylord, MI 49735

Areas of expertise: Native plant nursery

Name: PLM Lake & Land Management Corp

Website: http://plmcorp.net/

Email: breg@plmcorp.net

Phone: (616) 891-1294

Address: 8865 100th St. SE, Alto, MI 49302-9221

Areas of expertise: Invasive species

Name: Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council

Website: http://www.watershedcouncil.org/

Email: grenetta@watershedcouncil.org

Phone: (231) 347-1181

Address: 426 Bay Street, Petoskey, MI 49770

Areas of expertise: shorelines, invasive species, biological, wetlands, project and site plans, stormwater, restoration, maps

Name: Upper MI Land Mgmt & Wildlife Services Inc.

Website: www.michiganforesters.com

Email: dean@michiganforesters.com

Phone: (906) 786-3488

Address: 1705 4th Avenue North – Escanaba, MI 49829

Areas of expertise: Forestry, wildlife

Name: USDA NRCS

Website: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/site/mi/home/

Email: william.borgeld@mi.usda.gov

Phone: (231) 347-5255

Address: 2235 E. Mitchell Road, Petoskey, MI 49770

Areas of expertise: Natural Resource Conservation Service: Technical conservation assistance, financial assistance, agriculture

Name: USDA NRCS

Website: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/site/mi/home/

Email: perry.smeltzer@mi.usda.gov

Phone: (989) 733-8323 ext.3

Address: 825 South Huron, Suite 2, Cheboygan, MI 49721

Areas of expertise: Natural Resource Conservation Service: Technical conservation assistance, financial assistance, agriculture

Name: USDA NRCS

Website: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/site/mi/home/

Email: kent.dankenbring@mi.usda.gov

Phone: (906) 632-9611  Ext. 111

Address: 2847 Ashmun Street, Sault Ste. Marie, MI  49783

Areas of expertise: Natural Resource Conservation Service: Technical conservation assistance, financial assistance, agriculture

Name: USDA NRCS

Website: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/site/mi/home/

Email: pat.carr@mi.usda.gov

Phone: (906) 632-9611  Ext. 120

Address: 2847 Ashmun Street, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783

Areas of expertise: Natural Resource Conservation Service: Technical conservation assistance, financial assistance, agriculture

Name: Wildlife and Wetland Solutions, LLC

Website: http://www.wildlifewetlands.com/

Email: wildlife@wildlifewetlands.com

Phone: (231) 943-0762

Address: 4371 N. Long Lake RD, Traverse City, MI 49684

Areas of expertise: Wildlife, habitat, wetlands, invasive species, education

Name: Wildtype

Website: http://www.wildtypeplants.com/

Email: wildtypeplants@gmail.com

Phone: (517) 244-1140

Address: Mason, MI

Areas of expertise: Native plant nursery, wetlands, plant surveys, restoration

Please note this list is not complete. Anyone wishing to add their contact information to this list is encouraged to contact derek@landtrust.org.

Funding Sources

This is a list of potential funding sources to help you accomplish natural resources tasks on your property. Click for contact information.

Program: EQIP

Full Name: Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Department: NRCS

Eligibility: agricultural or forest production

Website:http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/financial/eqip/

Description: Financial assistance payments to help implement approved conservation practices such as reducing soil erosion, enhancing water supplies, improving water quality, increasing wildlife habitat, and reducing damages caused by floods and other natural disasters. You will need to call or visit your local NRCS office to obtain an application. The first application will be to get a conservation plan written by a certified plan writer. These plans are required for further assitance. Then you can reapply for financial assistance to help fund the implementation of the activties outlined in your plan. Agriculture and forest production means you must be doing some level of management…the NRCS officer will help you determine if you’d qualify.

Program: WHIP

Full Name: Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program

Department: NRCS

Eligibility: agricultural or forest production

Website: not active

Description: No longer supported by 2014 Farm bill but has been partly incorporated in the EQIP program, so those with land in agriculture or forest production could receive assistance for establishing and improving of fish and wildlife habitat.

Program: CIG

Full Name: Conservation Innovation Grants

Department: NRCS

Eligibility: agricultural or forest production

Website:http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/financial/cig/

Description: Competitive grant opportunityy – for innovative conservation approaches and technologies, generally more utilized more by universities and NGO but open to individuals too! Application process is fairly lengthly–there is a pre-proposal stage before the full proposal stage.

Program: CSP

Full Name: Conservation Stewardship Program

Department: NRCS

Eligibility: agricultural or forest production

Website: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/mi/programs/?cid=nrcs141p2_024531

Description: Financial and technical assistance for agricultural and forest producers to conserve and enhance soil, water, air, and related natural resources on their land. Cropland, hayland, pastureland and nonindustrial private forestland count. Payments are made each fiscal year for contract activities that were installed and maintained in the previous year. Must apply, contact NRCS office and explore the website!

Program: FSP

Full Name: Forest Stewardship Program

Department: MI DNR

Eligibility: Forest owners (20 ac.)

Website: http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-30301_34240_68762—,00.html

Description: Open to forest owners (must have 20 acres to get financial assistance). Primarily for getting a Forest Stewardship Plan. This program supports the Conservation District Foresters who can provide you with free technical guidance and advice. Costs for plans vary widely and you are encouraged to get a couple different quotes. A portion of the cost can be covered by the state through this program.

Program: LIP-LP

Full Name: Landowner Incentive Program-LP

Department: MI DNR

Eligibility: Must be protecting certain species

Website: http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10370_36649-118292–,00.html

Description: Provides technical and financial assistance to eligible landowners for habitat improvements that address wildlife needs. Potential projects include native grass plantings, prescribed burns, invasive specie management, and more. Unfortunately, preference is given to projects in target areas (which are out of LTC’s service area, except northern Chippewa County) or to properties and projects that will directly benefit a target species (see this link for a list of these species). You start by submiting a request form.

Program: LIP-UP

Full Name: Landowner Incentive Program-UP

Department: MI DNR

Eligibility: Must be protecting certain species

Website: http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10370_36649-118244–,00.html

Description: Provides technical and financial assistance to eligible landowners for habitat improvements that address wildlife needs. Potential projects include native grass plantings, prescribed burns, invasive specie management, and more. Unfortunately, preference is given to projects in target areas (which are out of LTC’s service area, except northern Chippewa County) or to properties and projects that will directly benefit a target species (see this link for a list of these species). You start by submiting a request form.

Program: GLRI-CP

Full Name: Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Coastal Program

Department: USFWS

Eligibility: Coastal property or nearby waterway

Website: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=273488

Description: Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Coastal Program – This is for restoring wetlands, streams with barriers, or shoreline restoration to improve animal (largely fish) habitat. Provides technical and financial assistance. Project work
plans are in coordination with partners, and with substantial involvement from FWS field staff. Projects must advance FWS mission, promote biological diversity, and be based upon sound scientific biological principles. Have a idea? Shoot me an email (derek@landtrust.org) as this project would be more geared towards a collaboration of serveral landowners working together on a larger scale project. Sept. 30th deadline.

Program: QFP

Full Name: Qualified Forestry Program

Department: MDARD

Eligibility: Must be producing forest products

Website: http://www.michigan.gov/mdard/0,4610,7-125-1599_28740-306518–,00.html

Description: Landowners receive an exemption from local school operating taxes and/or exemptions from the uncapping of the taxable value of the property in the event of a change in ownership. Make sure your read through the documents on the website and acreage requirements. Contact the person listed and ask questions!

The best way to investigate potential opportunities with the National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) is to call or visit your local district office. You can also start here.

 

 

Helpful links for Forest Management

Forestry Information
Find a consulting forester
Find a Certified Forest Stewardship Plan Writer
Michigan Society of American Foresters
Michigan Tree Farm Program
Information on MI DNR
MSU forestry experts
Great Information!

Additional Opportunities For Landowners

The Stewardship Network
The Stewardship Network is a Midwest (and growing) conservation organization connecting, equipping and mobilizing people and communities to care for their natural environment. The Network is composed of locally acting clusters. Their website contains a searchable database of conservation related resources.

Private Landowners Network
The Private Landowners Network contains many links and resources!

Rate My Land (RML)
RML was launched in January 2015 to encourage private landowners to have the biodiversity of their land surveyed and rated. Landowners can choose to post their scores on the website. It has a searchable database of biological consultants and will eventually have helpful land management resources and tips.

Quality Deer Management Areas (QDMA)
QDMA is a non-profit wildlife conservation organization dedicated to ensuring the future of white-tailed deer, wildlife habitat and our hunting heritage. Landowners can have their land QDMA certified.

National Wildlife Federation: Garden For Wildlife
You can get your yard certified as a Certified Wildlife Habitat.

Timberdoodles and Young Forests
Learn about creating habitat for American Woodcocks and many other animal species that need young (early succession) forests. Also check out theRuffed Grouse Society!

Waterfowl Biology – Resources about waterfowl from Ducks Unlimited

Stellaria longifolia – Long-leaved Stitchwort (Carol Rose)