2018-07-05 / Community

SCD seeks plan input from public

MANISTIQUE – The Schoolcraft Conservation District is in the process of developing a long-range plan, also called a resource assessment, and is asking for public input. Public input was initiated during the SCD spring tree sale and will continue throughout the summer.

SCD is asking Schoolcraft County residents for the primary natural resource areas of focus they would like to see SCD focus on. Initially, residents surveyed during the spring tree sales were asked to rank six natural resource areas.

The top four areas of focus were: forestry, wildlife, wetlands, and agriculture. Also ranked were energy conservation and critical dunes.

In order to have a successful future conservation district, the long-range plan should include guidance for those six key natural resource areas, guidance for seeking stable funding, searching for grant opportunities, gaining new partners, and strengthening existing partnerships.

Currently, SCD provides an annual spring tree/shrub sale, participates in a cooperative invasive species control and education association for the central U.P., provides soil erosion and sedimentation control permitting for the county, provides educational outreach such as tree pruning and forestry workshops, provides student forestry scholarship and classroom presentations, participates in wildlife habitat enhancement projects, and the disposal of scrap tires.

Schoolcraft Conservation District will also offer an opportunity to meet with Natural Resources Conservation Service staff locally from 1-4 p.m. July 9. Those wishing to explore improvements on their forest or farmland will be able to meet with an NRCS representative to obtain information on possible assistance with various programs which NRCS administers.

Appointments are not necessary, and meetings with NRCS staff will take place in the second floor conference room of the Schoolcraft County Courthouse. If demand warrants, regular availability of NRCS staff may be scheduled.

The SCD board and district manager are committed to providing the residents of Schoolcraft County the best service in helping with natural resource management for their lands or answering related questions.

The SCD phone number is 341- 8215, and additional information about services may be found at www.schoolcraftcd.org or the SCD Facebook page.

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