MARQUETTE?- The Marquette and Alger conservation districts recently received a forestry outreach grant to target private landowners within its boundaries funded by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and Michigan Department of Natural resources. The purpose of the grant is to help its citizens better understand, plan, manage, protect and utilize their forest resources.
The program can offer free site visits and consultations with landowners to discuss their management goals and objectives, as well as providing education and assistance with many cost share, and tax incentive programs for their land.
Matthew Watkeys has been named as the new district forester for this program at the Marquette and Alger County conservation districts. Watkeys comes from suburban Detroit, and later moved to the Traverse City area, but has been living and working in the Upper Peninsula for the last 10 years, and now feels as though this is his home, and where he belongs. The people and environment here has also helped a great deal. His academic background includes time at Vincennes University in Indiana studying Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Michigan State University Professional Forestry program, and Geographic Information Sciences coursework at Northern Michigan University.
For more information visit the conservatoin district's webpage at marquettecd.org, facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Marquette-County-Conservation-District/187514897963007, call 906-226-2461, or visit the office at 780 Commerce Drive, Suite B, Marquette.