Throughout January and February, partners of the Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative will be providing free grassland management workshops to assist landowners in their CRP mid-contract management, as well as providing basic information on how to implement native grassland management. The events are being hosted by Michigan United Conservation Clubs and some local Conservation Districts, in partnership with the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Department of Natural Resources.
“Native grasslands provide a multitude of valuable benefits including habitat for a wide variety of wildlife and pollinators, soil erosion prevention, and water quality protection. Plus, they are just beautiful to look at,” Wildlife Cooperative Coordinator, Anna Mitterling stated. “The more abundant these grasslands are, the greater the impact on our wildlife populations, water quality, and much more. Wildlife species such as pheasants, deer, turkey, songbirds, the monarch butterfly, honey bees and others benefit or are dependent on connected sections of these native grasslands.”
The Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative is a group of a diverse set of partners who are seeking to see this habitat expand. There are habitat complexes on both private and public land that have seen increases in pheasant populations, as well as some threatened and endangered song bird populations as a result of native grasses being planted. The key to keeping these habitat types sustainable for wildlife benefit involve the grasslands being managed every three to five years. There are different ways to conduct this management, and these workshops will provide instruction and direction on how management can be accomplished.
“Management is very important to ensure the quality of our grasslands,” said Jason Myers Farm Bill Biologist. “This is even more important with CRP hitting the national cap. We need to focus on improving what we currently have instead of just adding more acres in CRP.” Jason covers Huron and Tuscola Counties. He, and other Farm Bill Biologists around Southern Michigan, provide free technical assistance and can help you with every step in your CRP contracts or other habitat projects.
These workshops are free and open to the general public. Registration is required. You can register for these events by emailing or leaving a voicemail with Anna Mitterling, at email@example.com or 517-346-6454. Anyone interested in grassland management, or who owns property enrolled in CRP, is welcome to attend. Below is a list of locations these events will be held. Each event will start around 7:00 pm and will last approximately an hour.
Jan 17 - Ingham County, Alaiedon Township Hall, 2021 Holt Rd, Mason, MI 48854
Jan 20 - Gratiot County, Gratiot-Isabella RESD Building, 1131 E Center St, Ithaca, MI 48847
Jan 23 - Barry County, Baltimore Township Hall, 3100 E Dowling Rd, Hastings, MI 49058
Jan 30 - Tuscola County, Elmwood Township Hall, 6437 Lincoln St., Gagetown, MI
Jan 31 - Lenawee County, LISD Tech Center, 1372 N Main St, Adrian, MI 49221, Classroom #1
Feb 2 - Branch County, Coldwater Township Hall, 319 Sprague Rd, Coldwater, MI 49036
Feb 3 - Sanilac County, Sanilac County Training Center, 95 Dawson St, Sandusky, MI 48471