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: 54-18-01 
Date Sent: 12-22-17
Location: Mecosta County; T15N-R10W; Section 20; Big Rapids Twp.
Acres: 80
Forest Type: Aspen, mixed hardwoods, conifers
Project Type: Forest Management Plan
Respond By: 1-10-2018; 2:00 EST
Contact: Rick A. Lucas at rick.lucas@mi.nacdnet.net
Landowner has been approved by NRCS for cost-share assistance for the development of a forest management plan. The project will require plan writers to be TSP certified. Landowner desires to enroll the property into the Qualified Forest Program.

Referral Number: 54-18-02
Date Sent: 12-
Location: Mecosta County; T16N-R10W; Section 17; Green Twp.
Acres: 75 total approximately half forested.
Forest Type: Mixed hardwoods, conifers.
Project Type: Forest Management Plan
Respond By: 1-10-2018; 2:00 EST
Contact: Rick A. Lucas at rick.lucas@mi.nacdnet.net
Landowner has been approved by NRCS for cost-share assistance for the development of a forest management plan. The project will require plan writers to be TSP certified.

Referral Number: 54-18-03
Date Sent: 12-22-17
Location: Mecosta County; T15N-R9W; Section 21; Colfax Twp.
Acres: 52
Forest Type: Oak, mixed hardwoods
Project Type: Forest Management Plan and Timber Sale Assistance.
Respond By: 1-10-2018; 2:00 EST
Contact: Rick A. Lucas at rick.lucas@mi.nacdnet.net
This project consists of two requests for assistance. The property owners would like the same party to provide both services which includes developing a forest management plan and over seeing a timber sale. This property is owned by an association. The aging forest consists of a mix of hardwoods containing oak, sugar maple, beech, white ash and others. Most of the ash has died as a result of EAB. There has been little to no forest management activity in the recent past. Owners would like to have the timber harvest completed by March 1st of 2018 if possible while many of the owners are away. Interested parties are encouraged to contact me for further details.

Referral Number: 67-18-01
Date Sent: 12-22-17
Location: Osceola County; T20N-R8W; Sec. 25; Highland Twp.; and T20N-R7W; Sec. 31; Marion Twp.
Acres: 2 parcels consisting of an 80 and a 65
Forest Type: aspen and other mixed hardwoods
Project Type: Forest Management Plan
Respond By: 1-10-2018; 2:00 EST
Contact: Rick A. Lucas at rick.lucas@mi.nacdnet.net
Landowner has 2 parcels across the road from each other. The owner has been approved by NRCS for cost-share assistance for the development of a forest management plan. The project will require plan writers to be TSP certified. There is approximately 60 acres of forest on one parcel and 54 acres on the other.

Referral Number: 43-18-01
Date Sent: 12-22-17
Location: Lake County; T19N-R12W; Sec. 10; South Newkirk Twp.
Acres: 40 acres
Forest Type: Mixed oak
Project Type: Forest Management Plan
Respond By: 1-10-2018; 2:00 EST
Contact: Rick A. Lucas at rick.lucas@mi.nacdnet.net
Landowner has been approved by NRCS for cost-share assistance for the development of a forest management plan. The project will require plan writers to be TSP certified. The landowner is interested in enrolling in the QFP prior to the September 1st, 2018 deadline.

Referral Number: 43-18-02
Date Sent: 12-22-17
Location: Lake County; T19N-R12W; Sec. 22; South Newkirk Twp.
Acres: 40
Forest Type: mixed oak, aspen, lowland hardwoods.
Project Type: Forest Management Plan
Respond By: 1-10-2018; 2:00 EST
Contact: Rick A. Lucas at rick.lucas@mi.nacdnet.net
Landowner would like to enroll property in the QFP prior to the September 1st, 2018 deadline. He is interested in utilizing Forest Stewardship Program funding toward the project if available. 






















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