The Shiawassee Conservation District is hosting a county conservation tour on Thursday, Sept. 14. The tour will begin at Henderson Park, located at 500 W. Henderson Road in Henderson. Registration is at 8:30 a.m., and the busses will leave the park at 9 a.m.
The morning will begin with a tour of the Townsend Drain stream bank restoration project. Before the restoration project, property owners were losing several feet of their land each year to eroding stream banks. Participants can learn how the Shiawassee Conservation District worked to stabilize the banks, which improved water quality and enhanced the wildlife habitat.
The next stop will be a MAEAP verified farm in Middlebury Township. The tour will feature conservation practices implemented to achieve MAEAP verification. In addition, Jim Marshall, an NRCS area biologist, will once again join the tour to give soil pit demonstrations on both tilled and undisturbed soil. He will share his experience and knowledge on soil health, expanding on what he shared last year.
A managed woodlot will be the third stop of the tour. Woodlot management will be discussed, as well as the new Forest, Wetlands & Habitat System MAEAP assessment. The last topic before lunch will be invasive species management. The group will tour Henderson Park to identify invasive species and learn how to identify and manage invasives on the participant’s properties.
Busses will return to the park for lunch, with the program ending at 1:30 p.m. Restricted Use Pesticide (RUP) credits and a MAEAP Phase 1 credit will be offered. Registration is required for this free event by Thursday, Aug. 31, and can be made by calling the Shiawassee Conservation District at (989) 723-8263, ext. 3.