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2019 Ogemaw Conservation District Spring Tree Sale • Page 1 PRSRT STD US POSTAGE PAID PERMIT #792 ROYAL OAK MI 48068 ECRWSSEDDM RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMER

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Zettel Farms named as Conservationist of the Year Page 2 • 2019 Ogemaw Conservation District Spring Tree Sale

By Scott Nunn

scottnunn@ogemawherald.com 989-387-9034

WEST BRANCH — Recognized for crop diversity and utilization of the land, Zettel Farms and Orchard in West Branch has been named the Ogemaw Conservation District’s Conservationist of the Year. Featuring 10,000 apple trees approximately 5 years old, Zettel Farms produces approximately 24 tons of EverCrisp, Honeycrisp and other variety of apples annually. “I started doing the research more than 10 years ago but I didn’t start planting trees until about five years ago,” owner Dan Zettel said. For years Zettel had been raising cows and horses on the farm, but he began looking for a crop that would provide sustainable income for the farm should something happen, to protect his investment and home for his family. Zettel’s foray into growing apples began as an attempt to utilize the high grounds and hard sand and gravel-laden soil on his property, combined with a desire to diversify into sustainable income beyond the dentistry practice he operates by trade. While the mention of an apple orchard typically produces a mental vision of large heirloom trees lined up in rows, Zettel’s farm is anything but, utilizing more modern methods to produce the highest quality and yields possible. Zettel Farms is pro-

Top left, brothers Adam, Alec, Aaron Zettel along with exchange student Luca Contu take a break from working on a trellis, to pose for a photo. Right, Adrian Zettel takes time to mow some of the expansive grass at Zettel Farms and Orchard. Courtesy Photo

ducing a “fruiting wall,” which is a different take from the traditional methodology of growing fruit trees. “Traditional trees put a ton of energy into making wood,” Zettel said. “A branch the size of a pencil will produce fruit, anything bigger than that just produces wood. My trees are pruned like ferns. I don’t leave vertical branches. I want my trees to fan out so they get a lot of sun.”

The trees grow alongside a system of trellises made of 6-inch lodge pine posts spaced 30 feet apart with fencing stretched between them to support the trees in full fruit. “They have to hold unbelievable weight when the trees are full of fruit,” Zettel said. The farm has 64 rows of trellises, with 150 trees spaced 3 feet apart. Zettel said the science he utilizes isn’t his own, but something he enjoys

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implementing. “I am just following a bunch of great guys,” he said. The farm focuses less on traditional apples such as a Red or Yellow Delicious, and instead grows “club varieties” or more popular apple types that are typically found in fresh markets, like the Fuji, Honeycrisp or EverCrisp. Zettel said growing the club varieties requires the same amount of effort but yields a

higher price when they are sold in the market to be retailed to the end users. “We are trying to keep a good, fresh market so more people are interested in the foods,” he said. “The variety is important.” However, growing the popular varieties is not without its challenges. Zettel said Honeycrisp apples are particular. “They are finicky to grow,” he said. “They need a lot of calcium.

We need to hand clip the stems to reduce punctures.” Because of their particular nature, the Midwest Apple Improvement Association developed the EverCrisp, which is a blend of the more storage-stable Fuji and more palatable taste and texture of a Honeycrisp. “They can store these things for a very long time,” Zettel said. The majority of the fruit produced on the farm is sold directly to River Ridge Produce of Sparta, with the balance being sold direct to some local markets such as Neiman’s Family Market. Zettel said the farm is a labor of love and he enjoys the fruits of that labor. “It is fun,” he said. “I am excited. We are going to have calves born in March and apple blossoms in March. It is exciting when you see people bite into an apple and it’s a fruit you grew.” The farm is mostly a family and friend operation, and Zettel said his teenage children reluctantly help. “They complain like any other teenager, but at the end of the day whenever they go anywhere they take a box of apples or a gallon of cider to their buddies,” he said. “They probably deliver more than I do.” For more information or to see updates about the farm, visit www. zettelfarmsandorchard. weebly.com

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HUNTING ACCESS PROGRAM - HAP Financial incentives for landowners while preserving Michigan’s hunting heritage

Enrolling your property in the Hunting Access Program (HAP) can help! Hunting Access Program: Got Land? Get Paid. Your Terms. Kelly Sinnaeve, FAP Forester

If you own 40 acres or more of property and are looking to make some extra cash, reduce nuisance deer, and preserve Michigan’s hunting tradition, the Hunting Access Program (HAP) is a great option for you. HAP is a land leasing program through the DNR in which landowners get paid for allowing public hunting on their private land. The program is flexible, allowing landowners to determine hunt type and species hunted on the property. For example, landowners can decide to allow “Youth & Apprentice Only” or deer only. Landowners can also put certain restrictions on the property, such as “no hunting on Sundays.” Landowners receive FREE liability coverage when enrolled. There is no cost to withdraw from the program and it can be done at any time. There are rules and restrictions hunters must follow when using HAP lands. Hunting is the ONLY activity allowed on the property. Hunters are not permitted to set up permanent blinds, put screws in or damage trees, use motorized vehicles, fish, camp, or enter the property when it is not hunting season. Hunters must also sign-in and out when they enter and exit the property. This can be done a couple of ways. Landowners can choose to have a self-service box in which there is a sheet that hunters sign with their information. Mandatory (in-person) sign-in is also an option. Hunters must check in with the landowner in person before hunting the property. The self-service box tends to be the more popular option. Any hunting disputes on the property are handled by the Department of Natural Resources. Payments are on a per acre basis and are determined by habitat type and quality and restrictions placed on the property. Maintained food plots earn the most money at $25 per acre. On properties where all hunting is allowed, most habitat types pay $15 per acre for high quality habitat and $10 per acre for low quality habitat. Farmland is also eligible for enrollment. Crops that are fall plowed earn $5 per acre and those not fall plowed earn $10-$15. Landowners with a forest management plan or those enrolled in different conservation programs may be eligible for a bonus. Rates may vary in TB and non-TB zones.

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DECIDUOUS TREES

CONIFEROUS 4-8” Price

10 $10

Red Pine Seedlings

25 $28

50 $45

100 $79

250 $100

500 $165

1000 $300

Red Pine: Fast growing on sunny sandy sites and shade intolerant.

White Pine(4-8”) Jack Pine – Blue Spruce White Spruce – Norway Spruce (5-10”) Seedlings

Quantity

Price

10 $7

25 $14

50 $23

100 $39

250 $77

500 $116

1000 $200

White Pine: Slow growing until well established, then can grow one to two feet a year and prefers moderate shade when young. Jack Pine: Very fast growing, like’s full sun and dry conditions. Blue Spruce: Drought resistant once established, likes sunny, moist, well-drained soil, but can adapt to dry soil. White Spruce: Full to partial sun, sandy to moist soils and moderate growth. Norway Spruce: A fast growing, moderately shade tolerant tree that prefers moist fertile soils.

Quantity

Price

1

$3

Quantity

Price

Blue Spruce 9-15” Transplants 5

$10

10 $18

25

$40

50

100

$68

1

$6

5

$23

10 $39

25

$86

50

$148

Price

100

$6

5

$23

10 $39

25

$86

50

100

$148

$246

Red Oak: Valued for its adaptability and usefulness. Prefers a well drained woodland site and likes sandy, loamy soil. It has a moderate growth rate. White Birch: Grows well in acidic, loamy, moist, sandy, well drained and clay soils, but prefers normal moisture. Is shade intolerant.

2-3’ Sugar Maple – White Oak American Hazelnut 1

Quantity

Price

$6

5

$23

10 $39

25

$86

50

100

$148

$246

Sugar Maple: Sugar Maple grows on sands, loamy sands, sandy loams, loams, and silt loams but it does best on well-drained loams. Likes full sun to partial shade. White Oak: Prefers full sun to partial shade. It can adapt to a variety of soil textures, but prefers deep, moist, well-drained soils. Slower growing. Not as susceptible to Oak Wilt. American Hazelnut: Plant in full sun to partial shade, likes a variety of soil types and is drought resistant. Must plant two together for pollination and its edible nuts will mature in September to October. Quantity

$246

1

Quantity

$115

Norway & White Spruce 2’+ Transplants

Red Oak 3-4’ & White Birch 3-4’

2-3’ Midwest Crabapple – Mountain Ash

Price

1 $7

5 $32

10

$55

25 $100

50 $175

100 $320

Midwest Crabapple: Extremely hardy and disease resistant. The small apples are only 1/4 to 1/2 inch in diameter. The persistent fruit makes excellent wildlife food throughout the fall and winter. Mountain Ash: Full sun, prefers rich loamy soil, but will tolerate a variety of poorer soil types. It can also stand some salt spray. They produce orange berry clusters that are attractive to a variety of birds. The Emerald Ash Borer does not attack the Mountain Ash.

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Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

WILDLIFE SHRUBS 2-3’ Rose of Sharon – Lilac 1-2’ Highbush Cranberry – Butterfly Bush

Quantity Price

1 $3

5 $10

10 $18

25 $40

50 $68

100 $115

Rose of Sharon: Prefers full sun & moist to well drained fertile soils. Provides nectar for hummingbirds and orioles. It flowers in late summer to fall when few other shrubs are in bloom. Lilac: Full sun and moist well drained soil. Highbush Cranberry: Easily grown in average moist, well drained soils in full sun to part shade. White flowers in the spring, rich green foliage that turns purple in the fall. The red fruit is excellent for jams and wildlife. Butterfly Bush: Favorite shrub of many gardeners because of its colorful flowers and ability to attract a variety of beneficial insects. This fast-growing, deciduous shrub with long, arching shoots dies back to the ground in the winter and will quickly regrow in the spring to provide plenty of flowers starting in July.

1-2’ Sand Cherry - 2-3’ Washington Hawthorn

Quantity Price

1 $6

5 $23

10 $39

25 $86

50 $148

100 $246

Sand Cherry: Prefers loamy soils and full sun. Purpleblack, sweet edible fruit suitable for home use. Fruits eaten fresh, dried, or processed as jellies and pies. Widely planted in rural areas for wildlife food and habitat. Fruits are relished by many songbirds. Browsed by deer. Washington Hawthorn: Grows in most soil types, is drought resistant and prefers full sun. Produces red berries that is attractive to birds and mammals in the winter. Flowers are great for pollinators. Quantity Price

1-2’ Saskatoon Serviceberry 1 $4

5 $19

10 $36

25 $72

50 $120

100 $210

Saskatoon Serviceberry (Superfruit): They grow to a height of 10-20’. Adaptable to most soil types, but its favorite soil is a rich loamy mix. They will grow in just about any kind of soil as long as good drainage is provided. Fruit is dark purple and is often used in pies, jellies, wines and cider.

“Helping People Help the Land”

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The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)is a Federal Agency under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). NRCS offers technical and financial assistance through voluntary programs. NRCS staff works with private landowners to provide planning assistance as a tool to manage natural resources. Financial assistance is available for a wide variety of conservation practices for all types of land use (cropland, pasture, farmstead/ headquarters, forestland, or wildlife/ natural areas). For the next four years, NRCS will be operating under the guidance provided by Congress in the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, known as the 2018 Farm Bill signed by President Trump on December 20, 2018. The 2018 Farm Bill encompasses three related agriculture titles: crop insurance, commodity programs and conservation programs. Additional guidance to implement conservation programs based on the new Farm Bill will be available soon. The 2018 Farm Bill supports agricultural producers and their efforts to reduce soil erosion and protect water quality while maintaining or improving profitability. Such efforts could utilize programs involving eligible practices including, but not limited to: Residue and Tillage Management (conservation tillage), Cover Crops, Filter strip (buffers), Riparian Forest Buffers, Animal Waste Storage, Nutrient Management, and Prescribe Grazing to name a few. If you own forest land you may qualify for financial assistance of between $1,000 and $16,000 to have a Forest Management Plan written. These forest management plans offer guidance on how to manage your woodlots to meet your objectives for your property while addressing resource and environmental concerns. Contact NRCS staff regarding programs to assist with meeting your forestry goals or implementing forest practices.

Remember, NRCS provides technical and financial assistance. NRCS is available to assist you with conservation planning for your property goals and objectives. There are several voluntary programs available and NRCS can assist you with finding ones that meet your needs. You might be surprised of benefits at your fingertips. If you are having difficulty understanding available programs or wish to seek assistance with planning, implementation, sustainability of your management plan, or detailed information concerning your land contact the local NRCS office at (989) 345-5470 ext. 3; address is USDA-NRCS 240 W Wright, West Branch, MI 48661.You may also visit the NRCS website: www.mi.nrcs.usda.govfor more information. “The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all of its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, political beliefs, genetic information, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 7202600 (voice and TDD).” To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Stop 9410, Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call toll-free at (866) 632-9992 (English) or (800) 877-8339 (TDD) or (866) 3778642 (English Federal-relay) or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish Federal-relay). USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.

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Mix & Match Fruit Trees

Apple & Peach 1 for $20 or 2 for $38 or 3 for $54 or 4 for $68

Auvil Early Fuji: Early Fuji apples are round and large. It has a mostly red colored skin with small patches of golden yellow blush and light vertical striations. The Early Fuji has a white to cream-colored, dense, yet crisp flesh. Complex in flavor, low in acidity and very sweet with notes of both honey and citrus.

Honeycrisp:.Honeycrisp has rapidly become a prized commercial commodity, as its sweetness, firmness, and tartness make it an ideal apple for eating raw. The Honeycrisp also retains its pigment well, and boasts a relatively long shelf life when stored in cool, dry conditions.

Red McIntosh: McIntosh apples can be used cooked or raw and in both sweet and savory preparations. The flesh of the McIntosh apple is delicate and will breakdown when cooked. Pair with dense apples such as Granny Smith, Rome, Green Dragon or Fuji to make pie filling or slow cook to make sauces and chutney.

Reliance Peach: Some cold-hardy varieties are sensitive to fluctuating seasons, but the Reliance Peach remains hardy even in early and late freezes. You can feel confident knowing that an early or particularly cold winter for your region won’t harm your sturdy peach tree. These are cold-hardy, but they still need to be protected in the coldest parts of our County.

Crimson Crisp: A fresh-eating favorite! These excellent apples keep for 4-6 months in proper storage. Deep crimson skin covers sweet, crisp, sub acid yellow flesh. Tree is upright with a round canopy. Disease-resistant to apple scab. Ripens early to mid September.

Plum Package

2 for $38 or 4 for $68

Pears packages have 1 of each kind for pollination. Bluebyrd Plum: Bluebyrd is an excellent European-type plum. The fruit is blue with amber flesh, medium to large in size with excellent flavor and high sugar content. The tree is vigorous and productive and has shown great resistance to black knot.

Canadice Grapes

2 year - 12-18” 2 for $26 or 3 for $36 or 4 for $47 or 5 for $55 Canadice Grapes: Red grapes that ripen early, very winter hardy and disease resistant. Sweet, great grape flavor with a unique hint of spiciness. Easy-to-grow, with compact grape clusters 6-8 inches long. Bears medium-size, firm, red grapes that keep well on the vine.

Stanley Plum: The gold standard for prunes. This variety produces abundant crops of oval-shaped fruit with deep purple skin and sweet golden flesh. Tastes great when picked fresh or when dried or canned. Freestone.

Blueberries

2 Year – 12-18” Sold in packages of 1 each for pollination 2 for $22 or 4 for $40 or 6 for $54 Blueberries enjoy full sun and well-draining, moist, acidic soil. Fertilize with a slow, release fertilizer when planting and in spring for best results. Prune in late winter to invigorate your plant. While the Jersey blueberry does not require a pollinator to produce fruit, planting with Bluecrop will increase yields through cross-pollination. Bluecrop: This blueberry is considered the best for consistent yields, disease resistance and high quality. Jersey: This hardy blueberry offers a heavy yield of plump, delicious blueberries that are packed with vitamins and antioxidants. This variety boasts a large berry, about 1/2 inch in diameter, that is highly resistant to cracking.


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Earth Angel Hosta

1 for $8 or 2 for $14 or 4 for $24 Earth Angel: The yellow margin surrounding the green centers is 26 inches tall by 50 inches wide. Each leaf may grow as long as 13 inches with a breadth of 10 inches. The leaves are heavy in substance making them slug-resistant. Flowers set densely in near-white clusters just touched with lavender beginning their reign in late June to mid-July on scapes to 48 inches.

Mix and Match Flowers

1 for $5 or 2 for $9 or 4 for $16 or 6 for $21 Bright Eyes Phlox: Pale pink flowers with prominent hot pink center. Mildew resistant and blooms from mid to late summer. Grow in moderately fertile, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. 36”

Cute as a Button Dianthus: Semi-double bright pink flowers with deep red eye and serrated edge. Blooms from early summer to early fall. 6-8” Size 30 Elle plug. Full sun/part shade.

Laura Phlox: Fuchsia purple flowers, Berry Chiffon Coreopsis: Raspberry with starry white centers and dark eyes. hued centers and white edges. Developed to be disease resistant, deer reIs mildew resistant. 36” sistant, and drought tolerant. No deadheading needed to help Berry Chiffon produce flowers from early summer to early fall. 15-18” Full sun.

Black Cherry Frost: Dramatic rich red flowers on 8-10’ stems. Bloom from early summer to early fall. Size 30 Elle plug. Full to part sun.

Red Chiffon Coreopsis: Light yellow blossoms with an intense red center appear midsummer. This upright, durable plant is highly resistant to Powdery Mildew and maintains clean dark green, thread leaf foliage throughout the season. Once blooms begin they don’t stop for several weeks. 1518” Full sun.

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NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING AND ELECTION OF DIRECTORS OGEMAW CONSERVATION DISTRICT

To all residents of the Ogemaw Conservation District, notice is hereby given that on the 25th day of March 2019 between the hours of 6:00pm and 7:30 pm, at the Holy Family Parish Hall, 402 West Peters Road, West Branch, (Klacking Township) an annual meeting and director’s election will be held to vote on Board Members, Gus Chutorash and Terry Fritz. On the 9th day of February 2019, being forty-five (45) days prior to the date of the annual meeting, absentee ballots are available by writing to or calling the Conservation District Office located at 240 W. Wright St., West Branch, MI 48661, 989-343-0923 during the regular business hours of the District which are between the hours of 8:00am-4:30pm Tuesday & Thursday. Residents are individuals of legal age who can demonstrate residency in the Conservation District via one (1) piece of identification.

Invasive Species in Michigan Kelly Sinnaeve, FAP Forester

Michigan is no stranger to invasive species. An invasive species is defined as a non-native species whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health. One invasive in Michigan that is causing a lot of harm is Phragmites. There is a phragmites native to Michigan and a phragmites that is considered invasive. The native phragmites typically reaches about 6.5 feet tall and grows as scattered stems, which are red. Non-native invasive phragmitescan grow to be 20 feet tall and grows in dense stands. These phragmites are a problem because they create dense stands that degrade wetlands and coastal areas by crowding out native plants and animals and deprive them of nutrients. They can also block shoreline views, reduce access for swimming or fishing and hunting, and create fire hazards. Phragmites can be controlled using an integrated pest management approach. This includes herbicide treatment followed by mechanical removal and maintenance annually. Prescribed burning may be recommended for large, dense areas of phragmites. Another invasive in Michigan is garlic mustard. Garlic mustard is an herbaceous flowering plant that grows 1-4 feet tall with triangular shaped leaves and clusters of white flowers (bloom in early spring). They have long, green, narrow seed pods that turn brown in the fall. It thrives in wooded areas and does well in shade. Garlic mustard outcompetes native understory plants and tree seedlings. It also produces allelopathic compound that can inhibit seed germination in other species. Oak wilt is a major problem in Michigan. Oak wilt is a fungal disease that affects all species of oaks, however, trees in the red oak family are most susceptible. It blocks the transport of water in a tree and causes the wilting and falling of leaves. This eventually kills the tree. Trees in the red oak family can die in a growing season or even quicker but members of the white oak family can take years to die. Oak wilt can spread in a couple of ways. One common way it spreads is by beetles that land on infected oaks and then transport

Ogemaw Conservation District

Profit & Loss

October 2017 through September 2018 Accural Basis Oct. ‘17 - Sept. ‘18

Income 281.000 - General Fund Revenue 2,485.09 284.545 - MAEAP Grant 73,750.00 287.545 - Hunting Access Program 3,000.00 294.647 - Tree Sale Revenue 22,549.58 Total Income 101,784.67 Gross Profit 101,784.67

Expense 281.000 - General Fund Expenses 11,185.50 284.000 - MAEAP Program 73,750.00 287.000 - HAP 550.00 294.794 - Tree Sale Expenses 16,392.00 Total Expense 101,877.50 Net Income -92.83

the fungus to healthy oaks through open wounds. This is why it is best to avoid pruning a wound oak tree when the beetles are most active, midApril to mid-July. It is even better if you can avoid pruning until the trees are dormant. “Don’t dismember April to November.” Oak wilt can also spread through root grafts. If the roots of trees are connected it can spread from one tree to another. In addition to invasives, there are always species of concern on the watch list. One species that is at risk to enter Michigan is the spotted lanternfly. It is an invasive planthopper that sucks sap from host plant and can cause mold to grow on its honeydew excretions. This can inhibit plant growth and lead to death. Adults are about one inch long with light greyish -brown forewings with black spots that transition to small speckled bands near the tip. The hind wings are bright pink or near red near the abdomen and transition to a white band and then black near the wing tips. The best way to prevent the spread of invasive species is by being proactive. If you see something that you think may be invasive take pictures, document the location and report it. If it is an insect attempt to capture it. Remember, don’t move firewood. For more questions call the Ogemaw Conservation District at 989-345-5470 est. 5 or visit the Michigan Natural Features Inventory website.


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MI Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program Information & Program Updates

Congratulations to the farms MAEAP Verified in 2018: · Cold Creek Farmz - Farmstead, Cropping and Forest, Wetlands & Habitat · Beechwood Farms - Forest, Wetlands, & Habitat · Fairway Natural Farms Farmstead, Cropping, & Livestock · Rankey Forest - Forest, Wetlands, & Habitat · The Hansen Farm - Forest, Wetlands, & Habitat

TOTAL VERIFICATIONS: 9

The Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) has some additional financial incentives for Fiscal Year 2019. My hope is to bring more farmers into the program and better understand it, as well feel comfortable with me as your local technician and resource. Keep in mind that the program is still completely voluntary, confidential and non-regulatory and these extra funds will simply provide more incentive. Whether you’re already MAEAP verified in one system or you haven’t even had the technician out to your farm yet, I encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to let me know what your farm needs. I will have cost-share money available for various practices to be installed as well as payments to either complete an assessment or achieve verification in at least one system, or both. Some examples of what you could receive payment/cost-share for: - Soil Samples - Water Samples - Fuel Pad - Spill Kit

- Backflow Preventer - Filter Strips - Cover Crops - Well Closings & New Wells

- Sprayer Mix/Load Pads - Gutters - Record Keeping - & More!

Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to your input and hope to visit with you soon! For more information on cost-share incentives or to learn more about the program, feel free to contact me. Clara Shattuck Serving Arenac, Iosco, Ogemaw, Oscoda and Roscommon Counties 989-726-3413 • clara.shattuck@macd.org Complete Risk Assessment per System (Farmstead, Cropping, Livestock, Forestry): $25 Reimbursement Complete Verification/System: $50 Reimbursement

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How to Collect Samples: 1) Fill out the water Sample Information Sheet. (Available online at www.ogemawcd.org or available to fill out at the screening event.) Filling it out beforehand speeds the process up during drop-off. 2) Collect samples just before getting them to the sample drop-off. Samples must be less than 48 hours old for valid results. Any small clean jar with a lid capable of holding one ounce of water is sufficient. 3) Pick a tap that supplies water that has not run through any treatment device (water softener, carbon filter). An outdoor faucet often works well. 4) Run the water for 10 minutes before collecting the sample. This will give the pump time to flush the water pressure tank and plumbing so you can collect a valid sample. Do not sample through a hose. Rinse the sample bottle and lid thoroughly in the water to be sampled; then fill and cap the bottle. 5) If sampling more than one well, label the bottle clearly so the samples can be distinguished. 6) Keep the sample cold until it is dropped off. For more information, call Clara at 989-726-3413 • Private Household Well Samples Only!

Greg Morris “Put Experience to Work for You” Associate Broker Accredited Buyers Representative e-PRO Internet Professionals Direct: 989-329-4396

Home: 989-345-3257

Fax: 989-345-7657

Greg@MrreHomes.com


Spring Tree Sale 2019 | APRIL 27th

240 W. Wright St., West Branch, MI 48661 – 989-345-5470 ext. 5 or 989-884-1354 Order Deadline: April 4, 2019 To ensure your selections are available order as soon as possible because quantities are limited. TREE PICK UP IS 9 AM – 2 PM AT THE OGEMAW COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS

Conifer Seedlings Species Red Pine White Pine Jack Pine Blue Spruce White Spruce Norway Spruce

Quantities

Size 4-8” 4-8” 5-10” 5-10” 5-10” 5-10”

10 $10 $7 $7 $7 $7 $7

25 $28 $14 $14 $14 $14 $14

Large Conifers Transplants Species Blue Spruce Norway Spruce White Spruce

Size 9-15” 2’+ 2’+

100 $79 $39 $39 $39 $39 $39

250 $100 $77 $77 $77 $77 $77

500 $165 $116 $116 $116 $116 $116

1 $3 $6 $6

5 $10 $23 $23

10 $18 $39 $39

25 $40 $86 $86

50 $68 $148 $148

5 $23 $23 $23 $23 $23 $32 $32

Shrubs Species Size Rose of Sharon 2-3’ Lilac 18-24” Highbush Cranberry 1-2’ Butterfly Bush Sand Cherry 1-2’ Washington Hawthorn 2-3’ Saskatoon Serviceberry 1-2’

Order Deadline: April 4, 2019

10 $39 $39 $39 $39 $39 $55 $55

25 $86 $86 $86 $86 $86 $100 $100

50 $148 $148 $148 $148 $148 $175 $175

5 $10 $10 $10 $10 $23 $23 $19

10 $18 $18 $18 $18 $39 $39 $36

25 $40 $40 $40 $40 $86 $86 $72

50 $68 $68 $68 $68 $148 $148 $120

Cost

Total Quantity

Cost

Total Quantity

Cost

100 $246 $246 $246 $246 $246 $320 $320

Quantities 1 $3 $3 $3 $3 $6 $6 $4

Total Quantity

100 $115 $246 $246

Quantities 1 $6 $6 $6 $6 $6 $7 $7

Cost

1000 $300 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200

Quantities

Deciduous Species Size Red Oak 3-4’ White Birch 3-4’ Sugar Maple 2-3’ White Oak 2-3’ American Hazelnut 2-3’ Midwest Crab 2-3’ Mountain Ash 2-3’

50 $45 $23 $23 $23 $23 $23

Total Quantity

100 $115 $115 $115 $115 $246 $246 $210

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VOLUNTEER ASSISTANCE APPRECIATED

Ogemaw Conservation District

The success of our Spring Tree Sale relies heavily on help from our local volunteers. The work is not hard, it is dirty and I know that it sounds insane, but I truly enjoy every aspect of sorting and putting orders together. So if you don’t mind a little dirt, and you like good food and lots of laughs, we would greatly appreciate any time you can donate. We are a local unit of government and so any volunteer hours can be counted as community service time.

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MIX & MATCH FRUIT TREES Apple & Peach

Apple and Pear MUST have pollinators

Fruit

Quantities

Total Quantity

Cost

Total Quantity

Cost

Quantity

Cost

Flowers Quantity Mix & Match | 1 for $5 or 2 for $9 or 4 for $16 or 6 for $21 Pale pink flowers with prominent hot pink center. Mildew resistant and blooms from mid to late summer. Grow in Bright Eyes moderately fertile, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. 36” Phlox

Cost

Species Auvil Early Fugi Honeycrisp Red McIntosh Crimson Crisp Reliance Peach Plum Package

1 for 2 for $20 $38 $20 $38 $20 $38 $20 $38 $20 $38 Bluebyrd Plum & Stanley Plum

Fruit

3 for $54 $54 $54 $54 $54 2 for $38

4 for $68 $68 $68 $68 $68 4 for $68

Quantities

Species Blueberries

(Although blueberries are self-fertile, cross-pollination produces the best crop.)

Candice Seedless Grape Vines (Each vine requires 15’ of space and 8 hours of sun.)

1 Bluecrop & 1 Jersey Blueberry 2 Bluecrop & 2 Jersey Blueberry 3 Bluecrop & 3 Jersey Blueberry 2 Vines $26

3 Vines $36

2 Total 4 Total 6 Total 4 Vines $47

$22 $40 $54 5 Vines $55

Giant Hosta “Earth Angel” 1 for $8 or 2 for $14 or 4 for $24 The yellow margin surrounding the green centers is 26 inches tall by 50 inches wide. Each leaf may grow as long as 13 inches with a breadth of 10 inches. The leaves are heavy in substance making them slug-resistant. Flowers set densely in near-white clusters just touched with lavender beginning their reign in late June to mid-July on scapes to 48 inches.

Grade 1 Bare Root

Laura Phlox

Fuchsia purple flowers, with starry white centers and dark eyes. Has a very good mildew resistance. 36”

Black Cherry Frost

Dramatic rich red flowers on 8-10’ stems. Bloom from early summer to early fall. Size 30 Elle plug. Full to part sun.

Cute as a Button Dianthus Berry Chiffon Coreopsis

Semi-double bright pink flowers with deep red eye and serrated edge. Bloom from early summer to early fall. 6-8” Size 30 Elle plug. Full sun to partial shade.

Red Chiffon Coreopsis

Light yellow blossoms with an intense red center appear midsummer. This upright, durable plant is highly resistant to Powdery Mildew and maintains clean dark green, thread leaf foliage throughout the season. Once blooms begin they don’t stop for several weeks. 15-18” Full Sun.

Grade 1 Bare Root

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Raspberry hued centers and white edges. Developed to be disease resistant, deer resistant, and drought tolerant. No dead-heading needed to help Berry Chiffon produce flowers from early summer to early fall. 15-18” Full Sun.

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CARD #: SIGNATURE: PICK UP AT THE OGEMAW COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS ON APRIL 27, 2019 FROM 9AM - 2PM MAKE CHECKS TO: OGEMAW CD 240 W. WRIGHT ST., WEST BRANCH, MI 48661 PHONE ORDERS: 989-884-1354 OR 989-345-5470 EXT. 5

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Ogemaw CD does not guarantee survival of plant stock, all product liability ceases upon distribution. All orders are subject to availability and may be substituted if item is out of stock with an equal product of same value. NOTE: “It is unlawful for these trees, shrubs and other plants to be resold with the roots attached, in accordance with the Insect Pest and Plant Disease Act, P.A. 189 of 1931, as amended.” Ogemaw Conservation District and partners are equal opportunity providers, employers and lenders.

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