Forestry Assistance Referrals

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 Osceola-Lake and Mecosta Conservation Districts by email within two weeks of the posting. You may include additional relevant information in your responses pertaining to the project. Forester Rick Lucas 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.

Please contact us if you would like more information on any project. We may have other information such as notes, maps, or digital photographs.

See our Qualified Forester List to view foresters available for assistance.

Service Requests

Referral Number: 37-17-01
Date Sent: 7-11-17
Location: T14N-R6W; Isabella County; Broomfield Twp. Sec. 8
Acres: 100
Forest Type: Mixed hardwoods
Project Type: Forest Management Plan
Respond By: 7-25-17; 2:00 EST
Contact: Rick Lucas at
The Chippewa Watershed Conservancy is in need of an updated forest management plan. Most of the 100 acres is forested. The property is currently enrolled in the Qualified Forest Program with the current plan set to expire shortly. MDARD has granted them until the end of the current calendar year to update their plan. The Conservancy has expressed interest in utilizing Forest Stewardship Program funds but this is not absolute requirement.

Referral Number: 43-17-01
Date Sent: 7-11-17
Location: T17N-R11W; Sections 11 and 14.
Acres: Total acreage is 355. Approximately 250 forested.
Forest Type: Mixed conifers
Project Type: Forest Management Plan
Respond By: 7/25/17 2:00 EST
Contact: Rick Lucas at
Landowner has been approved for NRCS cost-share funding to update his forest management plan. Interested parties will need to be eligible Technical Service Providers. The plan will need to be completed within the next 11 months or sooner.

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