Pollinator Information

PROTECTING POLLINATORS IS ONE OF OUR TOP PRIORITIES!

The Marquette County Conservation District recognizes the essential role that pollinators have in our society. Pollinators are responsible for 1/3 of the food we eat, and the best way to support pollinators is by creating habitat for them! Each year MCCD makes it a priority to take on several native gardening projects in order to increase pollinator habitat in Marquette County.

How Can You Help Pollinators?

PLANT NATIVE!

Listed in the resources section some recommendations from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) on both honeybee and pollinator habitat improvements. As we know, pollinators – and bees in particular – have been facing extreme declines in their population numbers. There are a few theories as to what is causing this decline, but habitat loss and overuse of pesticides are thought to be the two main culprits.

Using native plants creates quality habitat for pollinators and reduces the need for pesticides and fertilizers that may harm pollinator species! Many of the species listed on the native shrubs, trees, wildflowers, and plants for honeybees are available for purchase from our annual Tree Sale and Wildflower Sale. Check out our offerings this year when it comes time to planning your garden and yard space!

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Forestry & Wildlife Management Assistance

The Forest and Wildlife Management Assistance Program of Marquette and Alger Counties promotes stewardship of forest resources on private lands. This free program offers landowners assistance with managing wildlife habitat, timber production, tree planting, recreation, and forest health, as well as urban forestry and backyard wildlife. We provide on site consultation, basic written information, and referrals to other service providers free of charge. Management suggestions are based on sound resource science and the landowner’s goals.

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On-Farm Produce Safety

Produce Safety Technicians offer FREE & CONFIDENTIAL education and assistance to fresh produce growers regarding their on-farm food safety practices. Safe food practices minimizes the risk of foodborne illnesses, and helps keep the people who eat fresh produce safe.

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Lake To Lake CISMA

Free invasive species management The Lake to Lake Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (L2L CISMA) is a multi-agency and multi-community group created in 2008 to

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Agripalooza!

Each September, Marquette and Alger Conservation Districts host an educational field day at the Michigan State University Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center in Chatham, MI.

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Natural Resources Conservation Service Partnership

The Soil Conservation Service was established in 1935 in response to the Dust Bowl. In 1937, the first county Conservation District was formed to link federal agency resources with the local farmers. Since then, nearly 3000 Conservation Districts have been organized. This partnership between NRCS and the Conservation Districts is one that was carefully designed. This unique and productive relationship continues to be a model for providing Federal resources at the local level.

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Wetland Mitigation

Protecting watersheds and wetlands is a priority for the Marquette County Conservation District. Wetland mitigation involves the replacement of unavoidably lost wetland resources with created or restored wetlands, with the goal of replacing as fully as possible the functions and public benefits of the lost wetland.

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