Do you have forested property in Mason, Lake, or Manistee Counties?  Do you have questions about forest management options, wildlife habitat, or other natural resources topics?  Are you interested in having somebody speak about natural resources or conduct forestry-related demonstrations and workshops?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, contact Josh Shields, Outreach Forester with the Mason-Lake and Manistee Conservation Districts.

Through the Forestry Assistance Program (FAP), Josh provides technical assistance to private landowners and conducts outreach events such as forestry-related presentations, workshops, and training sessions.  FAP, funded by Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) and Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), is implemented by Michigan Conservation Districts so forestry information and assistance can be delivered to you at the local level.

If you own forested property, Josh will meet with you for free, conduct a site assessment, and address your questions and concerns, whether they be about timber harvesting, wildlife habitat, forest ecology, or forest diseases and pests.  He will also discuss your goals and provide you with information about state and federal assistance programs, tax incentive programs such as the Qualified Forest Program (QFP), and contact information for natural resource professionals that can help you see your goals come to fruition.  Furthermore, Josh conducts demonstrations pertaining to forestry and related topics; gives presentations about natural resources to environmental groups, clubs, and other organized groups; and provides training sessions pertinent to forestry, habitat management, and other facets of natural resources management.