Manage your Woodlot. Two Part Workshop Series.

PlanwriterWorkshops are for forest land owners & their families, and other people who want to learn how to sustainably manage forest lands for a variety of outcomes: wildlife habitats, timber, recreation, reforestation, water quality, and more.

Instructor: Rick McAvinchey, Forester & Wildlife Biologist, Ortonville, Michigan.
Target audience: forest landowners who recognize the value of a long-term plan to meet their forest management goals.

1. Pre-registered forest landowners will receive by email or post a package of information to familiarize them with the Forest Stewardship Program, the elements of a forest stewardship plan, benefits of having a stewardship plan, and a brief description of the nearly 350 acres of Circle Pines Center property.

During the October 27 – 29 workshop participants will become more familiar with forest management planning, gain an understanding of Circle Pines Center goals for their property, calculate acreages for each forested and non-forested stand, and will assist forester Rick McAvinchey in sampling the trees and other vegetation in the various stands throughout the property. There will be some instruction in using aerial photos and compass to navigate around the property. Tree, shrub and smaller plant identification will be a large part of this sampling process.

>>> Schedule: Optional 2-hour session Friday evening on tree identification; Saturday 4 hours morning, 4 hours afternoon, 1 ½ hour work session evening; Sunday 4 hours.

During the November 10 – 12 participants will take the data gathered in the first workshop, and plug that information into a forest management plan for the property. We will discuss how to develop silvicultural prescriptions for different forest types, how to modify timber production prescriptions to improve habitat for wildlife and to accommodate threatened or endangered species, and how to protect streams, lakes and wetlands during timber harvest operations. Also on Saturday, Trevor Newman of Roots to Fruits in Clarkston will introduce us to principles of Permaculture as management options for Circle Pines Center. If time allows, we will schedule activities over the next decade or longer within the plan.

>>>Schedule: Optional 1 ½ hour session Friday evening on forest management species modifications expected with climate change; Saturday 4 hours morning, 4 hours afternoon; Sunday 3 hours. Optional Saturday evening session for interested participants.

All participants will receive an executive summary of the Circle Pines Center stewardship plan, when it is finished. Should participants choose to employ Rick to develop a forest stewardship plan for their forest property, they will receive a 30 percent reduction in cost for their plan, within one year after the workshops.

Workshop costs: $300 for first family member to attend both weekends, $200 for an additional family member or co-owner of forest property.  One Workshop Only: $200 first registrant, $150 additional family or group member.
Lodge Costs for participants; meals and lodging (does not include program costs).

Two nights and five meals (Friday evening to Sunday lunch), no bedding:

Single occupancy room in Swallows Lodge or Orchard Cabin: $170 ($150 CPC member)
Two or more people in shared room, in Swallows or Orchard Cabin: $130/person ($110 CPC member)
Single occupancy Junior Cabin (unheated): $130 ($110 CPC member)
Two or more people in shared Acorn or Junior Cabin: $110/person ($90 CPC member)
Camping (with electric hook up): $110/person ($90 CPC member)
Camping (no electric): $90/person ($70 CPC member)
Meals only (no lodging or camping): $70/person ($50 CPC member)
Additional meals are $10 per person.

Questions: contact Rick McAvinchey, of The Land Steward, LLC at or 248 462 3524, or Tom VanHammen, Circle Pines Center Director at or 269-623-5555