The snow is melting, the birds are singing, and you are out talking a walk in your yard. Suddenly you notice something different about that tree in the corner. It doesn’t look right….
The Kalkaska Conservation District has a new, part-time staff person available to help forest landowners in Kalkaska County. Larry Czelusta, currently the Conservation District Forester in Wexford and Missaukee Counties, has expanded his territory, and has a wealth of experience in tree-related issues and forest management. Larry particularly enjoys working with landowners to provide solutions to what he calls, “bugs and rots.” He likes diagnosing tree illnesses, and providing recommendations on how to help the tree that is stressed, but also manage for the overall health of the forest or woodlot.
The Arboriculture Society of Michigan and the Michigan Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture has awarded the 2018 ISA Gold Leaf Award for Landscape Beautification to the Village of Kalkaska and the Kalkaska Conservation District for the passionate dedication of Staff and Volunteers in planting 50 trees in the Village to replace mature trees lost due to storm damage in August 2015. The award recognizes the well-executed planting of 50 trees by volunteers on Saturday, October 21, 2017.
Kalkaska Conservation District received a $3,000 Great Lakes Energy People Fund grant to fund a tree planting project in Kalkaska. The grant will be used to purchase trees to be planted along the Kalkaska Area Recreation Trail (KART). Currently, the 2-mile KART trail is very open with little tree canopy to shade the paved pathway. The District will plant trees to create areas of shade along the trail. I