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Let the snow and sawdust fly


By Nick Sanchez, CCF

Conservation District Forester for Kent, Montcalm & Ionia, Michigan Forestry Assistance Program

With sharpened saws, heavy boots, and hot coffee in tote, they’ll set out to cut down 30 million trees in the US this season. They’ll laugh, take selfies, and even jokingly yell out “timber.” For many families it’s time to select the perfect Christmas tree but the debate is still on—what’s greener, real or artificial? Michigan happens to be one of the top Christmas tree producing states in the US. Purchasing a real tree can help you support Michigan agriculture and local businesses. If you are concerned about the environmental impact of your Christmas tree selection and want to “keep it real,” encourage your local Christmas tree farmers to get MAEAP verified. The Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) is an innovative, proactive program that helps farms of all sizes and all commodities voluntarily prevent or minimize agricultural pollution risks. Through this program, farmers and forest landowners can earn recognition as top stewards in the community, obtain regulatory assurances, gain increased access to cost share and technical assistance, and pass on an enduring sense of accomplishment and pride. Special incentives are also available to farm and forest landowners in Northern Kent County to help improve fish and wildlife habitat and prevent erosion through the USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program. For more information contact the Kent Conservation District at 616.222.5846. Find us on facebook @KentCDGRMI

Mark your calendar to attend a free workshop on March 26th at the Community Cabin in Rockford from 6:30-8pm to learn more about invasive species that threaten your trees and financial incentives that can help you manage and enjoy your forest. 

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