The beginning of summer marks the close of a busy distribution season for us at WCCD. Our distributions support residents' efforts in: preparing for and planting trees, shrubs and plants; setting up rain water catchment systems; and stocking ponds with fish. A record number of volunteers and a partnership with the Washtenaw County Water Resource Commissioner's Office helped to power our resource distributions this spring! Thank you to everyone who helped support conservation work on-the-ground in Washtenaw!
What are your Natural Resource Concerns?
What environmental issues are you most concerned about and how do you think WCCD should focus resources to address those concerns?
Every five years conservation districts (CD) in Michigan survey county residents to identify environmental and resource concerns (e.g. surface and ground water quality, loss of habitat and farmland, invasive species, etc.). E-newsletter subscribers are an important stakeholder group and we need YOUR input! The survey takes less than 10 minutes and you can enroll to win a $100 Visa gift card! But hurry, it closes June 30th, 2021!
**Important Note** Please only take the survey once! If you received a postcard in the mail (similar to the picture above), then you were randomly selected to help us collect statistically significant results from across the County. Please use the link on the postcard to take the survey and ignore this email request.
Photo Credit: Antoine Hnain via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)
It’s Raining Moths! Invasive Gypsy Moths Shower Michigan in 2021
By Summer Roberts, Community Forester
The WCCD has been receiving reports of gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar L.) caterpillar infestations from multiple landowners across Washtenaw County who have experienced the caterpillars and their frass (excrement) rain down on belongings, pets, and themselves. Gypsy moths are an invasive species, meaning they are not native and cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health.
We're hiring an Outreach Coordinator! For more details on this position and how to apply, visit our website.
Manchester Tire Collection Event
Saturday, June 26th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Manchester Township Office, 275 S. Macomb Street, Manchester, 48158 WCCD in cooperation with Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner's Office and Manchester Township is offering a tire drop off event! Only 10 tires accepted per residence and no more than 1 trip per vehicle or residence. No semi-truck or agricultural tires are accepted.
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. Pre-orders will open on our online store starting on Monday, August 2nd. Please check back for more details.