Please note that due to COVID-19, the ICD Office is closed to the public until further notice. All public outreach events are also postponed.

 

Visitors to the ICD are encouraged to follow the recommendations from MDHHS and the CDC to protect themselves and others and slow the spread of COVID-19. 

 

Our staff will remain accessible via phone and email. Email is the most efficient way to get a hold of our staff. If you are calling, please use Extension 1. There may be delays in response due to reduced staff hours. Thank you in advance for your patience.

Thank you to all our customers and volunteers! 

We couldn’t do what we do, without the support of our community. 

 

Interested in getting involved? 

Sign up for upcoming events or inquire about our Grounds Management Team. 

Use the Contact Us link to email us and volunteer and/or join our monthly newsletter list to learn more about  upcoming Natural Resource Conservation initiatives

Want to learn more about the Ingham Conservation District? Check out our Annual Report FY19.

Other Programs and Resources

REGISTRATION OPENS ON AUGUST 1ST!

2 parcels on our 200 acres are available for lease in 2-week blocks. Leases begin October 1st and end January 1st. Learn more on our Hunting at ICD Page. To register, contact the ICD office during normal business hours (Monday-Thursday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm) at (517) 676-2290 or email the ICD using the Contact Us page. Note that the ICD observes reduced office hours in the summer due to field work (Monday – Wednesday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm). Normal hours resume the week of August 26th.

 

Thanks to MichiganTrailMaps.com the Ingham Conservation District now has a wonderful new trail map available, including pictures and descriptions of what you’ll find here.  Click here to view the map. To access geocache coordinates for ICD caches, click here. Please see the information following regarding use of the ICD trails.  We look forward to seeing you!

 

 

  • The North and South side of Dexter Trail are open for you to walk the property dawn to dusk each day.
  • Please be aware that from October 1 – January 1 the property may be leased for hunting.  Watch for “Hunting in Progress” signs posted at the parking areas on the north and south side of Dexter Trail. For everyone’s safety the property is closed when hunting is in progress.  Thank you!
  • Keep pets on a leash and pick up pet waste.
  • Keep children and pets close at hand while crossing the dam.

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The Ingham Conservation District is a partner organization of the PlayCleanGo education and outreach campaign. This campaign is also endorsed by the State of Michigan and other U.S. states. Stop invasive species in your tracks. Learn more and sign up your organization at www.playcleango.org!

ICD Volunteers, Staff and Board of Directors continually work to improve the 200 acres of ICD property. Activities include:

  • Regular prescribed burns
  • Removal of invasive species
  • Maintenance and monitoring of bluebird boxes, wood duck boxes and coming soon a purple martin house
  • Creation of brush piles for small game
  • Maintenance of 6 miles of walking trails
  • Development of new mountain biking trails 
  • Native tree and shrub plantings

These activities are largely made possible with the great work of ICD volunteers. Please contact us if you would like to be a part of these important conservation efforts.

Red Pine The purpose of the Qualified Forest Program (QFP) is to encourage private forestland owners to manage their land in an economically viable and environmentally sustainable manner.  Landowners who qualify for the program receive an exemption from school operating taxes and/or exemptions from the uncapping of the taxable value of the property in the event of a change in ownership.   Landowners interested in enrolling in this program may apply to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). If you are currently enrolled in the MDNR QFP you can transfer to the MDARD program.  There is no fee to apply for a transfer, but some documents are necessary. Visit MDARD’s QFP information page or contact our office at (517) 676-2290.  If you are interested in learning more about hiring a Consulting Forester, MSUE has an informational bulletin available.  Our staff can assist you in determining if you qualify for the QFP or with questions on facilitating a program transfer.

Stream Team Event

The Ingham Conservation District’s Stream Team monitors the health of 12 sites in the Red Cedar, Middle and Upper Grand River Watersheds. Join our Stream Team at our Fall and Spring collection events!

Garlic Mustard Pull & Pizza Night

Join us every spring for our Garlic Mustard Pull & Pizza event! Our volunteers pull at least 200 pounds of garlic mustard from the property each year. Thank you to all our volunteers! 

Native Shrub Planting at the ICD

Thank you to members of Boy Scouts Troop 97 and Cub Scouts Pack 265 of Haslett for planting along the trails on the South Side!

Native Shrub Planting at the ICD

Thank you to members of Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan Troop 30225 of Okemos for helping plant native shrubs on the North Side along the trail!

Thank you to the Wildflower Association of Michigan

Thank you to the Wildflower Association of Michigan (WAM) for their grant award to the ICD to help fund this native shrub planting project. To learn more about WAM, visit www.wildflowersmich.org.

If you have questions, please use the “contact us” tab or call 517.676.2290.  Office hours are Monday-Thursday from 9 am-3 pm and Friday by appointment.

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