The Deer Private Land Assistance Network grant application period is now open. The applications are due by Sept. 1.
The Deer PLAN, a cooperative grant program is designed to support private-land deer habitat improvement projects in the northern Lower Peninsula, is funded by Deer Range Improvement Program dollars. In 2019, a total of $50,000 will be available through a competitive grant process.
Given the limited amount of Deer PLAN funding available and the goal of producing tangible, on-the-ground efforts that markedly improve deer habitat, this program will have a focus area within the northern Lower Peninsula. The focus area for 2019 will include Alcona, Alpena, Crawford, Montmorency, Oscoda and Presque Isle counties. Funds will be allocated across these six counties based on grant application scoring.
Proposals for deer habitat improvement projects on privately owned lands in the six counties identified seeking $2,000 to $10,000 in cooperative funding will be considered. A 25-percent match of funds in the form of financial match, cost share, volunteer labor, material contributions and/or other in-kind support also is required for each proposal.
Applications are due by Sept. 1, and successful applicants will be notified by Oct. 1. A selection committee will evaluate proposed projects and competitively score them on a range of criteria. The complete Deer PLAN grant application package is available online at michigan.gov/dnr-grants.
You may ask, "Are my trees growing to close together?" As you can see in the photos above, it does happen.
This is one example of the need for a selective timber harvest. Trees growing too close are in competition with each other for nutrients and space.
With a selective harvest we will choose what trees will stay and what trees will be harvested in such a way as to benefit the forest. It takes a trained individual to determine this.
Thinning the overcrowded trees is one way you can increase your standing timber value because the trees left remaining will be allowed to put on growth freely growing out in diameter rather than vertically.
One Majestic Red Oak Tree!
This majestic red oak tree was found in a woodlot located in Byron Michigan a village of Shiawassee County . A selective timber harvest was performed. The woodlot had an abundance of young timber and the promise of a future harvest.
Yes, this tree was included in the selective harvest. Some might say "What a shame to cut that beautiful tree!" Although we do greatly respect the beauty of it and stood in awe, we also understand that a tree this size has come to the end of it's life. Trees this size very likely have internal issues, as trees generally die from the inside out. If this tree was left alone and stood to die, than all value for the property owner would have eventually been lost! (This tree brought an approximate $2000.00 to the landowner).
So, by harvesting this red oak tree, the younger less mature hardwoods in close proximity were released to the opportunity to grow to their full capacity, by receiving much needed sunlight as well as taking up the nutrients in the ground that the massive root system had been using.
We are sure this tree made many pieces of beautiful furniture. Furniture to be used and admired and handed down for years come.
Our forests are precious
Just like anything precious, we cannot take our forests and woodlands for granted!
We care about you, the land owner. We know and understand your concerns when it comes to your timbered parcels and woodlots.
We care about the environment and the future of our timbered land. We understand the importance, not only to us, but to the generations to come.
The future of our woodlands depend on the practices of today and that is why we adhere to a commitment to the highest forest stewardship ethic.
David & Valerie Zimmer
Buyers of standing timber and owners of Greater Michigan Timber Management, a Forest and Timber Management company located in the northern lower peninsula of Michigan.
Call us for all your forest management needs at
(989) 390-0705 or
We are happy to answer any question you may have.
Greater Michigan Timber Management. Buyers of standing timber. Specializing in sustainable forestry management and sound stewardship practices.
Greater Michigan Timber Management: The timber management company that cares!