Enhancing acreage on Manistee National Forest

America’s Big Six Focal Region: Crossroads

Focal Landscape: Michindoh

Location: Belding, Hastings, and Baldwin, Michigan areas; Projects completed on the Flat River State Game Area, Barry State Game Area and the Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger District of the Manistee National Forest

Cost estimate of completed project: $125,000; NWTF contribution: $10,000

Overview: This project recently enhanced 205 acres of oak forests, oak savannas and wildlife openings across southwest Michigan. Work included the mechanical and chemical treatment of undesirable woody species to promote oak regeneration along with maintaining desired oak savanna conditions.

Description of work:  

  • Cut and spray 155 acres of oak forests on Flat River and Barry State Game Areas and 27 acres of oak savanna on Manistee National Forest      
  • Purchase seed, and plant 13 acres of oak savanna seed mixes within Manistee National Forest
  • Enhance 10 acres of wildlife openings through annual plantings within oak forests on Flat River State Game Area

Partners: Wildlife Division of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan DNR State Wildlife Habitat Grant Program, USDA Forest Service - Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger District, NWTF Michigan State Chapter, Belding High School

Species targeted: Wild turkey, white-tailed deer, Karner blue butterfly, eastern massasauga rattlesnake, red-headed woodpecker, monarch butterfly

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