NRCS helps landowners solve natural resources issues on their property. To learn more, click on each section below:
Did you know you can access free soil and site information about your property? From identifying the soils on your property to finding out if your property is suitable for a septic system, Web Soil Survey is a great tool for landowners to use.
Web Soil Survey can be accessed here:
CONSERVATION ASSISTANCE & PLANNING
NRCS assists landowners with natural resources concerns. We work with all landowners in Alger County and can provide free technical assistance to people who own forestland, cropland, pasture, vegetable and fruit production areas, meadows and everything in between. Thru conservation planning, we can help you help your land and meet your goals.
A conservation plan can be developed to identify your objectives and assess and analyze the natural resources issues on your land related to soil, water, animals, plants, air, energy, and human interactions. The plan offers an inventory of natural resources, best management practices (BMP's), documents decisions, evaluates the success of conservation practices and systems. It helps provide guidance and direction for continued operation and maintenance of conservation systems once established. Conservation planning and site visits are offered as a public service to all landowners in Alger County.
SOILS & WATER
NRCS can help you identify important information about the soil on your land and best ways to manage it. Whether it be to improve soil health, determine what plants would grow best on your land, or reduce erosion, we can assist you with your soil conservation needs.
We also help landowners protect and conserve their water resources thru conservation planning and practices. Ways we can assist landowners with improving water quality include implementing soil erosion prevention projects such as conservation crop rotations, reduced tillage, cover crops, conservation plantings, tree and shrub plantings, windbreaks, buffers and filter strips that capture sediment before it reaches a nearby stream or other waterbody. Other ways we assist landowners with protecting water quality include nutrient management, integrated pest management, well abandonment and shoreline plantings.
FORESTRY & WILDLIFE
Privately owned forest lands, also known as non-industrial private forests (NIPF) make up the majority of forest land ownership in the Upper Peninsula and the state of Michigan. Of the 20 million acres in forest, NIPF landowners control 43% of the forests in Michigan, 38.1% are owned by state and federal agencies, and 18.2% is owned by corporations and private entities according to the US Forest Service. The Upper Peninsula accounts for over 45% of the state forest land in Michigan. As you can see, forestry is an important natural resource in our area.
As a service to landowners, NRCS can help you manage your forestry resources. From a basic site visit, assisting with development of a forest management plan, identifying invasive species and pests, to implementation of sustainable forest management practices and treatment plans to eradicate invasive species and pests, we offer our expertise to landowners to assist them with meeting their forestry-related goals and objectives.
From large mammals such as moose and bear to chipmunks, birds, salamanders and butterflies, Alger County is home to many wildlife species. Thru sustainable forest management plans and practices, landowners can increase or improve wildlife habitat, available food sources, and diversity to increase wildlife abundance. With the help of NRCS, landowners can identify what species exist on their property, what type of habitat they need, and how the landowner can improve that habitat. We also offer special programs that specifically target increasing pollinator and bird habitat.
Living between two Great Lakes offers many unique opportunities and challenges, one of which is wind. If you live between Trenary and Eben/Rumley area, you know about the winds both in summer and winter. Planting a windbreak can help reduce the negative impacts of the winds. If you think you need a windbreak or have an old windbreak that may need refreshing, we can assist you developing a plan to implement a windbreak on your property.
Farming is an important way of life for many residents in Alger County. We are well known for our hay production and also have a number of farmers raising livestock, milking herds (sheep and dairy cows), field crops, and vegetable crops. Fruit orchards, berry patches, and apiaries (honey bee keepers) are also an important part of our agricultural community. Alger County farmers are busy growing food for our community and beyond.
At NRCS, we support farmers and agricultural producers in many ways including conservation plans to increase production and reduce soil loss, comprehensive nutrient management plans, manure storage and handling, rotational grazing plans and practices, cover crop management, insect (pest) management, increasing the growing season with seasonal high tunnels (hoop houses), invasive species removal, and other best management practices.
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