Berrien Conservation District

Berrien County Conservation District

Upcoming Events

 

Previous events..........

‘How Homeowners Can Protect Their Trees from Oak Wilt Death’

Free Homeowner/Arborist Educational Presentation

Oak Wilt, a fungal disease affecting oak trees, is moving through Michigan at an alarming rate. While the disease can impact all oaks, the red oak family is the most susceptible, often dying within 30 days of becoming infected.

To help homeowners, arborists, and tree services identify and prevent the spread of oak wilt, a free educational presentation is being hosted by ReLeaf Michigan, a non-profit tree organization, and by the Berrien County Conservation District. Respected plant pathologist, Dr. David Roberts, Ph.D. at Michigan State University’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, will provide an overview of the disease and outline its biggest concerns, so homeowners can protect the long-term health and vitality of their trees.

Oak trees make up a significant percentage of Michigan’s forests. The image of Michigan’s lake areas without oak trees is not a good one! It is important to know how to spot oak wilt and what actions to take.

Presentation topics will cover the disease, how it affects oak trees, and how it is transmitted via sap beetles to fresh wounds and through root grafts. Other topics will include how to manage oak wilt once identified, important dates and restrictions, what to do with diseased wood, and guidelines for hiring a tree service or arborist. The presentation is interactive and attendees are encouraged to bring questions. Free handouts will be available.

Please join us and protect your trees!


Where: Chikaming Township Hall, 13535 Red Arrow Highway, Harbert, MI, 49115

When: Thursday, October 19, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Sponsors: ReLeaf Michigan (www.ReLeafMichigan.org)
DNR - Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program 
Arboriculture Society of Michigan
Berrien Conservation District (www.berriencd.org)

Cost: This event is free! 
RSVP please to help ensure we have enough 
handouts. RSVP to Nancy Carpenter
269-471-9111 x 3





Invasive Species Identification and Management 

Wednesday October 18th 9:00 am-12:00 pm 

Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve
13988 Range Line Rd, Niles, Michigan 49120

Join the SW x SW CISMA in partnerships with the
Berrien County Conservation District, the Cass County Conservation District, and Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve to learn more about invasive species in your area. We will spend the first part of the day discussing invasive species identification and management. We will then then take a short hike around the Fernwood property to idenify some species.

This is a free event and light refreshments will be provided.

3 RUP Credits Available

The Berrien Conservation District and Chikaming Open Lands will be hosting an Invasive Species Identification Workshop on Thursday September 28th at 6:00 PM. This is an opportunity to learn how anyone can assist professionals and land managers by reporting invasive species populations in Southwest Michigan. Invasive Species are known to degrade natural ecosystems by out competing native vegetation as well as providing poor habitat and food sources for native fauna. This workshop will focus on the identification of both native and invasive species, and the importance that native species have in the function of healthy ecosystems. There will be discussion of invasive species that are currently impacting the region as well as new invaders that have not yet established in the area.With increased awareness there is a greater chance that new invasive species can be recognized and addressed promptly to prevent their establishment. At the conclusion of the workshop there will be an opportunity for a short walk outside to see invasive species in a natural setting. If you have any questions please contact Jared Harmon at (269) 471-9111 Ext. 3.

Location: Chikaming Open Lands Office 12291 Red Arrow Hwy Sawyer, MI 49125

 

New Buffalo Japanese Knotweed Symposium

Tuesday August 29th 1:00-4:30 pm 


The Southwest X Southwest Corner Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) will be hosting a symposium discussing Japanese Knotweed which is a highly aggressive and difficult to manage invasive species that is threatening Southwest Michigan. The event will be taking place at the New Buffalo Township Library located at 33 N. Thompson Street on August 29th from 1:00 to 4:30 pm. This is a free event that is open to the public and is directed toward property owners, municipal staff, land managers, and concerned citizens.


Japanese Knotweed is a highly invasive perennial plant that can spread rapidly when improperly managed. This species can quickly shade out desirable native plants and can threaten homes and public infrastructure by breaking pipes, asphalt, and building foundations. Japanese knotweed is capable of spreading from very small plant fragments and will take years of careful management to eradicate.


This symposium will include information on the identification, impact, and management techniques for Japanese Knotweed removal. There will also be information about what steps have been taken by local municipalities to control Japanese Knotweed in their communities. There will be an opportunity for public comment and the chance to answer any questions regarding the necessary steps to control and eradicate Japanese Knotweed in our communities.


**** 3 RUP Credits Available****


Those who are interested in attending please RSVP by calling the Berrien Conservation District at (269) 471-9111 x3 or emailing Jared Harmon at [email protected]


Monday August 21st 5:30-6:30 pm Sodus Township Library Presentation 

3776 Naomi Rd, Sodus, MI 49126

There will be a presentation of the top 10 most concerning invasive species that impact or have the potential to cause problems in Southwest Michigan in the future. This is an opportunity to learn Identification as well as how to control invasive species and the importance of invasive species management. There will be live samples of these species at the presentation to aid identification and free materials for participants to take home to assist in invasive species identification and management. At the conclusion of the presentation there will be an opportunity to see a stand of invasive Japanese Knotweed that is growing in town.

Monday August 7th from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Invasive Species Workshop Watervliet District Library

333 N. Main Street Watervliet, MI 49098

The SW X SW Corner CISMA will be hosting an invasive species presentation at the Watervliet District Library on August 7th from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. This is a great opportunity to learn about the impact that invasive species have on the environment, economy, and human health in Southwest Michigan. You will learn how to identify, control, and report invasive species that are both present or have the potential to invade the region in the near future. There will be time for questions at the conclusion of the presentation and free information to take home with you. If you have any questions please contact Jared Harmon at the Berrien Conservation District at (269) 471-9111 x 3  or [email protected]

Tuesday, July 25th from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm, "Working with Cover Crops Field Day" in Niles, MI

Berrien Conservation District welcomes special guest speaker, John Kempf, for the “Working with Cover Crops Field Day.” This on-farm event will be held Tuesday, July 25th, at 11025 M-140, Niles, Michigan (Carl Wagner III’s Farm). The event runs from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Presenter John Kempf, from Orwell, Ohio, is the founder of Advancing Eco Agriculture (AEA), a leading crop nutrition consulting company. A top expert in the field of biological and regenerative farming, John has a unique ability to simplify and clearly explain very complex concepts in the areas of soil and plant health. John will explore the characteristics of what makes a soil able to suppress disease organisms, how cover crops play into this scenario, and which cover crops are disease conducive versus disease suppressive. 

As a farmer who grew up in and remains a part of the Amish community, John has a very special understanding of plants’ functional immunity. He sought out alternative approaches to prevent damage to his crops once they stopped responding to conventional pesticide treatments. John is an internationally recognized lecturer on the topic of biological agriculture and plant immunity.

Attendees will be able to view a cover crop demonstration plot showing various species and will learn more about what their advantages and disadvantages are.

Speaker Marcy Hamilton from the Southwest Michigan Planning Commission will present on the opportunities for farm renters and owners in the Ox Creek and St. Joseph River watersheds to improve water quality with USDA cost share assistance.  

Presenter Josh Appleby will provide information on the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program.

Dinner is included. This event is a MAEAP Phase 1 meeting and pending for Restricted Use Pesticide Credits. The event is free and the public is invited but reservations are required. Please RSVP before Thursday, July 20th, by calling the Berrien Conservation District at 269-471-9111 x3 or email [email protected].  Early reservations are encouraged. Sponsors include the Berrien County Farm Bureau, Wilbur Ellis, Greenstone Farm Credit, and Scott’s Cover Crops, Michigan Wine Collaborative, and the Eau Claire Fruit Exchange.

This project has been funded wholly or in part through Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s Nonpoint Source Program by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. 

Wednesday, July 26th  -  Pesticide Container Recycling Event in Benton Harbor and Buchanan

No registration needed

Recycle Agriculture Pesticide Containers (jugs, drums, and mini bulks - removed from cages) free of charge.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

LOCATIONS

  • Berrien County Road Commission, 2860 E. Napier Ave., Benton Harbor, on the corner of Napier and Yore Ave.
  • Co-Alliance, 16724 Bakertown Rd., Buchanan.

REQUIREMENTS

Containers Must:

  • Be Rinsed of all residue after use. A triple rinse is a good rule of thumb.
  • Be Dry
  • Be Cut to smaller size if larger than 55 gallons

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Pick up large bags to use for collection and storage of the containers in the time leading up to the July 26th event.  Get free bags at your local Conservation District in Berrien, Cass, or Van Buren Counties, and at Co-Alliance in Buchanan. 

QUESTIONS?

Call Jill Adams at 269-983-7111 x8234 or call the Conservation District at 269-471-9111 x3.

Friday July 14th from 10 am to 3 pm 

Benton Harbor Invasive Species Mobile Boat Wash

700-, 1098 Riverview Dr, Benton Harbor, MI 49022


Join the SW X SW CISMA and the MSU Mobile Boat Wash Crew at the Benton Harbor Public Launch to learn how to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species and to get your canoe, kayak, or personal watercraft washed for free. Have any questions? Contact Jared Harmon at the Berrien County Conservation District at 269-471-9111 x 3 or [email protected]

Friday, July 7th from 10 a.m to 3pm 

4th Annual Aquatic Invasive Species Landing Boat Wash 

Paw Paw Lake East Boat Launch 5778-, 5874 N Watervliet Rd, Watervliet, MI 49098


The Southwest X Southwest Corner Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) will be educating boaters about preventing the spread of harmful invasive species during Michigan’s 4th Annual Aquatic Invasive Species Landing Blitz July 1 through July 9, 2017. In collaboration with Michigan State’s Clean Boats, Clean Waters crew, free boat washes will be offered to those coming on or off the lake to prevent the spread of harmful invasive species, such as zebra mussels and Eurasian water milfoil. The event will include giveaways, boat washing, and one-on-one outreach. Stop by to learn about the species to keep an eye out for, and keep our lakes healthy! Have any questions? Contact Jared Harmon at the Berrien County Conservation District at 269-471-9111 x 3 or [email protected]



Tuesday, June 27th from 6:00 p.m to 7:30 p.m

New Buffalo Invasive Species Presentation MISIN Training 


SW x SW Corner Cooperative Invasive Species Area (CISMA)

Join us June 27th to learn how you can help the State of Michigan track invasive species populations. There will be a presentation on invasive species and the MISIN program (Midwest Invasive Species Information Network). This program is instrumental in understanding the locations and movement of invasive species that impact our environment, economy, and wildlife. 

New Buffalo Township Library (Pokagon Room)

33 North Thompson Street, New Buffalo, Michigan 49117



Wednesday, June 21st  "Working with Wetlands" Field Day

Free Meal included     Three RUP Credits     MAEAP Phase 1

This is an on the farm field day to present information on Wetlands, how to enroll in the Wetland Reserve Easement Program, Wetland Restoration, Easements, and the Ag Assistance Program. 
Information for farmers in the Ox Creek and the St. Joseph River Watersheds on available USDA programs will be presented, along with the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program. Invasive species of special concern will be covered. Also, representatives from ANR/TransCanada Pipeline Company will be available to answer questions about pipelines under farm fields and wetlands. Dinner is included. This event is eligible for three Restricted Use Pesticide Credits and MAEAP Phase 1.
The event is free and the public is invited but reservations are required.

When: Wednesday, June 21
Time: 4:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: Vic Rogers Farm, 161 North Blue Creek Road, Benton Harbor, MI 49022 
             
RSVP: Berrien Conservation District 269-471-9111 x3 or email [email protected] before Friday, June 16th. Early                               reservations encouraged!
Sponsors include ANR/TransCanada Pipeline Company.
This project has been funded wholly or in part through Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's Nonpoint Source Program by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.



WILDFLOWERS & GRASSES! NATIVE PLANT PRESENTATION!


Wednesday, May 31st, 2017
Bridgman Public Library, 4460 Lake Street, Bridgman, MI 49106
1:00 pm: Presentation by Vern Stephens, owner of "Designs By Nature"
3:00 pm to 6:00pm: Sale is open to the public; large variety of plants in quart pots.


Friday, April 28th from 10:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m

New Buffalo Japanese Knotweed Workshop 


SW x SW Corner Cooperative Invasive Species Area (CISMA)

Join us April 28th to learn the impact of Japanese Knotweed in the New Buffalo Community and throughout Southwest Michigan. Topics discussed will include identification, mapping, and issues associated with this aggressive invasive plant. There will also be an opportunity for questions and input for what can be done to resolve this growing problem. Following the discussion we will head outside to identify Japanese Knotweed in town.

New Buffalo Township Library (Pokagon Room)

33 North Thompson Street, New Buffalo, Michigan 49117

REGISTRATION

If you have any questions regarding registration please contact Jared Harmon from the Berrien County Conservation District. (269) 471-9111 ext. 3059 or email [email protected]




Friday, April 21, 2017 from 3pm to 8pm and Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 9am to 12 noon.

Annual Tree and Shrub Seedling Fundraiser.
Pre-Orders are being accepted now through April 7th.   A variety of bareroot evergreens, deciduous trees, shrubs, and fruit trees are being offered.  Rain barrels and composters are also available.  Orders may be placed on-line at www.berriencd.org, or, order forms may be obtained from the office at 3334 Edgewood Road, Berrien Springs, MI, from the website, or you may request one to be mailed by calling at 269-471-9111 ext. 3.  Information about each item can be found on the website store.
The location for picking up orders, or to just come to the sale, is the Berrien County Youth Fairgrounds. Pickup & sale date/time is April 21st in the afternoon from 3-8pm and April 22nd from 9am until 12 noon. 

Friday, March 24th, Check in 8:30am. Workshop from 9am to 3pm.

Soil Workshop
Understanding Soil Life, Fertilizer, and its Energy Potential.


A Free informational seminar on "Soil" will be held on Friday, March 24th, from 8:30 am until 3:00 pm at the Bertrand Crossing LMC campus located at 1905 Foundation Drive, Niles, MI.  Speakers Ray Smith along with Keith Morris will present “Understanding Soil Life, Fertilizer, and its Energy Potential”.  Attendees will learn how fertilizer affects soil/plant physiology, and the biological effects of soil energy. Attendees are welcome to bring in results from a soil sample to learn what the results are really saying.

This is an in-depth study of soil life.
Check in begins at 8:30am with donuts,
and the workshop is from 9am to 3pm.
Reservations are required and a box lunch is included. 
For questions or to reserve your seat please call the
Berrien Conservation District at 269-471-9111 x3.
RSVP by March 17th.  
Sponsored by the Berrien Conservation District, Lake Michigan College,
and Phase II, Inc.  


Tuesday, March 21, 2017 check in 8am, Start time 9am and ends at 3pm.

Japanese Knotweed Symposium
A workshop for land managers & concerned citizens

 Knotweed is a major problem in southwest Michigan.  This invasive plant can damage roads, pipes, sewer lines, and building foundations. It also chokes out native vegetation, increases erosion, degrades water quality, and hurts habitat for fish and wildlife. At this workshop you will learn how to identify and  control  it on your property or property you manage.
This is Free and a lunch will be provided! Please RSVP by March 13th.

Tuesday, March 21, Check-in starts at 8am with coffee and donuts.
Session starts at 9am and ends at 3pm.
The Heritage Museum & cultural Center
601 Main Street, St. Joseph, MI
2 RUP credits are available
To register: Call Nor Serocki at 269-657-4030 x5, or [email protected]
Sponsored by the SW X SW Corner CISMA, City of St. Joseph,
and The Heritage Museum & Cultural Center
This project was funded in part with funds from the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program through the Departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality, and Agriculture and Rural Development
The SW X SW Corner CISMA is a Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area. For more information contact the Berrien Conservation District at 269-471-9111 x3.
 

Friday, September 23, 2016 from 10 am - 2 pm


Japanese Knotweed Symposium offered in St. Joe

 

The Southwest by Southwest Corner Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) is hosting a symposium about the invasive plant Japanese knotweed. The symposium will bring together experts to discuss how this plant grows and spreads as well as control and prevention techniques. The symposium will be held on Friday, September 23 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at The Heritage Museum & Cultural Center at 601 Main Street, St. Joseph, MI. The event is free and lunch will be provided if attendees RSVP by September 15.

The event is targeted to road commission staff, municipal staff, land managers, landscapers, homeowners, environmental organizations, and anyone who owns or manages property that might be affected by Japanese knotweed. This non-native invasive plant (also known as Michigan Bamboo or Mexican Bamboo) is spreading explosively in parts of southwest Michigan. It can damage roads, pipes, sewer lines and building foundations. It also chokes out native vegetation, increases erosion, degrades water quality and harms habitat for fish and wildlife. Common control techniques like over-the-counter herbicides, pruning or mowing can actually stimulate its spread. Effective treatments for Japanese knotweed involve a combination of community education and using the right herbicides at the right time. 

The featured speaker will be Dr. Leslie Kuhn, Field Projects Coordinator and Co-founder of the Mid-Michigan Stewardship Initiative, which works with private, commercial and municipal landowners on regional invasive species control projects. Dr. Kuhn is also a Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at Michigan State University, where she has combined her involvement with invasive species issues with her research interests.  Other presenters will include partners of the SW x SW Corner Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area, the City of Kalamazoo, Native Landscapes, and the Michigan Department of Transportation.

People interested in attending are asked to RSVP for this free event by calling the CISMA Coordinator Erin Fuller at (269) 657-4030 x 5 or registering online at www.vanburencd.org/event/japanese-knotweed/. Three Restricted Use Pesticide (RUP) credits will be available for attendees. This symposium is hosted by the SW x SW Corner CISMA, the City of St. Joseph and The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center and funded in part with funds from the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program through the Departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality, and Agriculture and Rural Development.

 

 

The SW x SW Corner Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area is a partnership of federal, state, and local government agencies, individuals, and various interested groups that manage (or have a stake in managing) invasive species  in Berrien, Cass and Van Buren Counties. Partners include the Berrien, Cass and Van Buren Conservation Districts, Chikaming Open Lands, Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy, The Stewardship Network and many others.

 

 


Friday, September 16th, 2016 3pm to 6pm

PARK(ing) DAY

Chemical Bank Parking Lot, 1882 Pipestone Rd, Benton Harbor, MI (Next to the Meijer gas station)
Come out to discuss water quality in the Ox Creek and what can be done to improve water quality and slow down runoff from storm events. We’re also seeking feedback specific to the Mall District, which we’re defining as the Mall, Lowes, Home Depot, Pipestone Plaza, Meijer and Celebration Cinema. We’re opening a conversation to discuss what’s missing, what can be improved, and what the future holds for the Mall District.

PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where citizens, artists, and designers temporarily transform parking spaces into temporary public parks. To gather community feedback on outdoor placemaking within SW Michigan. To demonstrate the vast possibility embedded in every parking spot, to h...elp our communities become healthier, more comfortable, more creative and more successful outdoor human habitat.

Our Curiosity: We ask the question, “Can cars and people better co-habitate?”

Our Mission: To explore how streets might be better planned for people-centric places.

Our Goals: Get feedback / Spark Interest / Connect the Community

 Hosts: Wightman & Associates, Inc, Southwest Michigan Planning Commission, Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy, Berrien County Conservation District, Chemical Bank, Sarett Nature Center, Two Rivers Coalition
 

September 8th, 2016


Hey! What’s up with my tree?
Michigan Trees: 12 Things You Need to Know


FREE presentation on the value of trees to our landscapes and society and issues that threaten
their health. Diagnosis and management of major tree problems such as the lethal Oak Wilt Disease,
Colorado Blue Spruce Decline, Anthracnose diseases, Boring Insects, and herbicide toxicity from our
lawns represent a few among many issues that will covered during this enlightening program.


Presented by: Dr. David L. Roberts, Senior Academic Specialist with the College of Agriculture at
Michigan State University.


Location: Lincoln Township Public Library, 2099 W. John Beers Road, Stevensville, MI 49127
Date:  Thursday, September 8 Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm


Questions? Contact Nancy Carpenter at the Berrien Conservation District 269-471-9111 x3 or email
[email protected]


No reservations required, however seating limited to 75 people.
Bring your tree questions!


Sponsored by: The Berrien Conservation District, DNR -Urban and
Community Forestry Program,  and ReLeaf Michigan