Forestry Assistance
Rick Lucas
Forestry Assistance Program

Landowner and Forestry Assistance

Landowners in Mecosta, Osceola, and Lake counties place a high priority on the management of their property and the natural resources found there. To better assist landowners with management of these resources, Rick Lucas, a Society of American Foresters Certified Forester and Michigan Tree Farm Program Certified Inspector, is available to meet with landowners at no cost to discuss management options for their property.

Rick’s service area covers Osceola, Mecosta, and the East Half of Lake County. His office is located at the USDA Service Center in Reed City.
Information & Services

* Free on-site property evaluations
* Tree and wildlife shrub planting recommendations
* Timber management/administration options
* Wildlife habitat enhancement recommendations
* Wetland enhancement options
* Tree insect and disease identification
* Invasive plant control options
* Forest Stewardship Program
* Commercial Forest Act
* Qualified Forest Program Tax Reduction 
* Quality Deer Management
* Hunting land leasing information
* Michigan Tree Farm Program
* Christmas tree management
*Forest, Wetlands and Habitat*A*Syst Program
* Available cost-share programs
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