Learn more about the threats posed by MICROPLASTICS and what YOU can do! Jeanie Williams, Lead Scientist and Education Coordinator Inland Seas Education Association AND Aimé Merizon, Outreach Coordinator Benzie Conservation District
STORMCLOUD BREWING COMPANY FRANKFORT
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22 AT 4:00 PM
Sponsored by the League of Women Voters Grand Traverse Area – Benzie Unit and the Benzie Conservation District
In conjunction with the Benzie Conservation District’s Spring Seedling Sale, this workshop will provide information on spring planting for bare-root seedlings. The event will include learning how to select the right native species for specific goals, how to maximize planting success with proper site selection and preparation, planting techniques, and follow-up protection and care.
District Forester, Kama Ross, will be joined by local experts Linda Thomasma, Wildlife Biologist and owner of Two by Two Wildlife Consulting; and Carolyn Thayer, Landscape Designer, and owner of Designs in Bloom. This presentation is packed with information for a wide variety of planting scenarios, bring your questions and plan your garden plots! The Benzie Conservation District asks that people pre-register by contacting the BCD Office, 231-882-4391, or email@example.com. This is a free event, however, donations are appreciated.
In 1904, the chestnut blight (Chryphonectria parasitica) was introduced to the U.S. and by 1940 the blight had spread throughout the entire range of the American Chestnut, slowly destroying the once beautiful and bountiful forests. Today, a few isolated American Chestnut trees can be found in northern Michigan, with the state champion located on the Old Mission Peninsula.
Join Dr. Dennis Fulbright, Professor Emeritus from Michigan State University’s Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, as we discuss the return of the chestnut tree. Chestnut acreage in the U.S. has increased substantially over the past 30 years with the largest acreages in Michigan. The Castanea genus is probably the most valuable tree genus in North America. With 13 species; four large tree species and 9 shrub-like species, there is a chestnut out there for every landscape. Discussion will include all species of chestnut, their characteristics, the rationale for growing them and the biocontrols and genetic work that has led to species with blight and root rot resistance.
American Chestnut, Castanea dentata, once ranged from North Florida to Maine and west to the Ohio Valley and was one of the most important trees in the eastern United States. It is one of the world’s most popular nut-bearing trees and offers a number of unique qualities. These trees provide strong wood for fence posts, furniture, and homes. The chestnuts themselves were also a very important food source for livestock, wildlife and humans. Fresh chestnuts are much lower in fat than other nuts with a carbohydrate content comparable to wheat and rice, and also contain vitamin C. With all of the insect and disease concerns in our forests today, this presentation will provide some interesting discussion and perhaps some optimism for a future mast producing species in our northern forests.
This event is sponsored free-of-charge by the Forestry Assistance Program. For more information contact Kama Ross, District Forester, Leelanau, Grand Traverse, and Benzie Conservation Districts at 231-256-9783 or firstname.lastname@example.org.