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Forestry Requests? 989-826-8824
Office Questions: 989-217-1368
Forestry Referrals for the Landowner               
Are you curious about how to get assistance with a timber harvest or have a management plan written for your forest property?  We can help you narrow the search for that professional that is right for you and your management goals.

Would you like to learn about how the planning or harvesting process works before you retain a consultant? We can help.  Through the Forestry Assistance Program our Forester, Hunter Dickinson, can work with you to determine your management goals, assess your forest resources, and discuss planning, harvesting, tree & shrub planting, cost share programs and possible tax implications.
The Referral Process:  
How to find a forest professional 
to write your plan or handle your harvest.

1. Schedule a site visit with a CD Forester.
2. Determine your long term goals for managing your forested lands.
3. Walk the property with your CD forester and discuss your concerns for the property. Learn how the referral process works. Determine what actions to take to achieve your forest management goals.
4. Your CD Forester will assess your property and briefly describe your project.
5. Your CD forester will post your referral on our website and email your referral to the Qualified Foresters listed for your County. They have two weeks to respond whether they are interested in your project.
6. Your CD forester will prepare and send you a document that lists all the Forest professionals who have indicated that are interested in your project along with their contact information. 
7. You will contact Consultants and determine if they are compatible with your management philosophy.  
8. Approximately one month later the CD Forester will call to find out if you have found a professional to handle your management concerns.

The Forestry Assistance Program works to provide an initial professional contact with landowners who are interested in forest management on their property. Our role is to provide general guidance and information and facilitate referrals to other public and private resource professionals.

Consultants interested in pursuing the project described should respond to Oscoda Conservation District at oscodacd@gmail.com by email within two weeks of any of the posting. You may include additional relevant information in your responses pertaining to the project. We will then forward your information to the landowner. We encourage landowners to contact all of the consultants who reply in a timely fashion, but the choice remains with the individual landowner. Our office will follow up with landowners to ensure they get the assistance they need.

Please contact us if you would like more information on any project, we may have other information such as notes, maps, and digital photographs or if you would like to be added to our Qualified Foresters List. Oscoda County Conservation District, P.O. Box 820, Mio MI 48647, 989-826-8824 office or  oscodacd@gmail.com 


Current Referr​als for Ogemaw & Oscoda Counties



​Referral # 68-24-03

Referral 68-24-03
Site visit date: 3/11/2024
Location: Mentor Twp. 
Buildings: A cabin and pole barn.
Parcel size: 80 acres. 
Harvest acres: Approximately 80 acres
Soil Types: Croswell-Au Gres sands, Au Gress and, Kellogg sand, Tawas-Leafriver, Negwegon silt loam, Mongo silt loam, Graycalm-Grayling sands, Croswell sand, Graycalm Klacking sands, Horsehead-Graycalm sands

Cover Types: Aspen, Mixed deciduous, White Pine, Red Pine
Landowner objectives: To open up the understory for white pine seedlings to grow, to take some large pines out but leave a select few for seed trees. 
Harvest Cut Plan: Harvest larger white pine (log size) around cabins (estimate around 20 acres; ~75% of the white pine). Select harvest scattered larger red pines throughout the property, leaving some scattered as seed trees. Harvest all aspen throughout the 80 acres. Landowners want to leave all oak and other hardwoods (besides for aspen).

Referral Close: 4/16/2024


​Referral 65-24-23
Site visit date: 5/14/24
Location: Richland Twp. 
Buildings: A house and pole barn.
Parcel size: 160 acres. 
Harvest acres: Approximately 80 acres
Soil Types: Histosols, Kawkawlin loam, kent sandy loam, Selkirk loam, Manistee loam.

Cover Types: Red oak/White oak, mixed deciduous. 
Landowner objectives: To open up the understory more growth; harvest large red oak. 
Harvest Cut Plan: Harvest red oak log size and up (10+ inches), some maple log trees, aspen. Leave pines and white oak. Recommend a winter harvest after January 1st due to wet soils in some spots, and to avoid possible spring/summer oak wilt spread. Landowner hunts in the fall, so the fall is off limits for harvesting as well. The red oak is very nice and there is an abundance of it. 


​Referral 68-24-04
Site visit date: 5/30/24
Location: Greenwood Twp.
Buildings: Small cabin and garage near road
Parcel size: 40 acres
Harvest acres: ~35 acres
Soil Types: Tawas/Lupton muck, Grayling sand, Graycalm sand, Wakeley-Allendale complex.

Landowner objectives: Harvest overstory log-sized trees to open growth for understory.
Harvest Cut Plan: Harvest: Red oak 10”+, White Pine 10”+, Red maple 10”+, Aspen 4”+.
Leave: White oak and red pine. 


​Referral 68-24-04
Site visit date: 5/30/24
Location: Greenwood Twp.
Buildings: Small cabin and garage near road
Parcel size: 40 acres
Harvest acres: ~35 acres
Soil Types: Tawas/Lupton muck, Grayling sand, Graycalm sand, Wakeley-Allendale complex.

Landowner objectives: Harvest overstory log-sized trees to open growth for understory.
Harvest Cut Plan: Harvest: Red oak 10”+, White Pine 10”+, Red maple 10”+, Aspen 4”+.
Leave: White oak and red pine.