We're pleased to announce the awards for the inaugural WCCD School & Community Habitat Grant! We received seven complete applications and were able to award all applicants with plant materials and/or consultation support. Our partner on the grant, PlantWise LLC, will be providing expert design, plant selection, and maintenance planning for many of the projects. The awardees will receive plants and consultations either this fall or next spring along with the timing of the WCCD plant sales.
The total awards include plant materials over $2000 at wholesale cost, and $2500 in consultation support, funded by individual donations and WCCD contributions. Thank you WCCD supporters! Your donations go a long way for these community organizations to restore and create native plant habitats and educational opportunities, please consider donating to sustain this grant into the future: https://store.washtenawcd.org/products/donate
Many of these great organizations are looking for more volunteer support, either for labor, plant expertise or to share their vision. If you're interested and would like to get involved with a project, please reach out to their organization or contact WCCD's Resource Coordinator to get in touch: Doug Reith (734) 302 8713, email@example.com.
Washtenaw County: We Heard You!
A Recap of the 5-Year Natural Resource Assessment
By Summer Roberts, WCCD Community Forester
Every five years, the WCCD conducts a resource assessment to identify natural resource/environmental concerns in Washtenaw County, how residents use WCCD, and how we can best assist residents. The RESULTS ARE IN and have been helping WCCD staff determine what programs to expand, create, and plan for in the future. A big thank you to all those who participated in the survey! Your ideas, passions, concerns, and active engagement are what make Washtenaw such a wonderful place to live. Our goal at WCCD is to help residents manage our natural resources so we all, humans and wildlife alike, can enjoy and benefit from the ecosystem services our environment provides well into the future.
Curious what your fellow residents had to say? Click the button below to view the results!
By Erez Brandvain, WCCD/NRCS Conservation Technician
As the end of another growing season approaches, cover crop season is upon us! Now is the time to pull out the seeders, drills, and broadcast equipment, or make sure that all is in line if you plan on having your cover crops flown on. Cover crops are a fantastic method of keeping soil in place, while providing many other benefits. To learn about some of the necessary considerations and benefits to using cover crops, along with some of the major questions you should consider when selecting a single species, or mix, read more below!
The District's Fall Tree and Native Plant Sale is now open! Fall can be a great time for planting, as the cooler temperatures and moist soil allow for ideal root establishment.
Six types of conifer seedlings are available - be sure to check them out before the sale closes on September 18th! Paper order forms can be found at the office or printed here and are due on September 3rd. Contact Doug Reith, WCCD Resource Coordinator, with any questions. (734) 302 8713, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leslie Park, 2900 Leslie Park Circle, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 This is a Family-Friendly event doing general clean-up and care in prep for the next stages of growth at the site. There are also some veggies and medicinal, culinary herbs, and cutting flowers for harvesting! Please RSVP here, and bring sun protection, water to stay hydrated, gardening trowels, forks, shovels, and gloves if you have/prefer them.
JLW CISMA Knapweed Pull
Friday, August 20th from 1 - 4 p.m. Waterloo Road just west of M-52. Roadside parking. Map: 42.34670, -84.04250.
Join the JLW CISMA and MDNR for a spotted knapweed pull. Contact CISMA coordinator Shikha Singh at email@example.com or 517.395.2089 for more information.
Fall Tree & Native Plant Distribution
Friday, October 1st from 1 - 6 p.m. Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd Ann Arbor, MI 48103.
There will be a special public hearing of the Sharon Township Planning Commission to decide on approving special use zoning to allow a gravel mining pit on what is currently farmland. It will be held at 7pm on Tuesday, August 17th, at Sharon United Methodist Church, 19980 W. Pleasant Lake Road, Manchester, MI, 48158. More information and relevant documents can be found here, along with a Chelsea Update article containing the public notice.