2016-11-03 / Local News

Open house, election for district


KAMA ROSS, District Forester, will present information on the oak wilt problem in Leelanau County at the Leelanau Conservation District Annual Meeting at the county Government Center on Friday. KAMA ROSS, District Forester, will present information on the oak wilt problem in Leelanau County at the Leelanau Conservation District Annual Meeting at the county Government Center on Friday. The Leelanau Conservation District will host its 72nd Annual Meeting tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lower level Community Meeting Room of the Leelanau County Government Center.

One presentation during the meeting will focus on the problem of oak wilt in Leelanau County. District Forester Kama Ross said oak wilt is fatal to red oak trees but can be successfully prevented and controlled.

“Currently, three confirmed oak wilt sites are being treated to help control the spread of this disease,” Ross said.

One Leelanau County site is being treated this fall through an oak wilt treatment grant received from the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program.

The Conservation District’s annual meeting will also include an open house, opportunities for the district staff to meet and greet members, door prizes, and a silent auction.

Leelanau Conservation District executive director Buzz Long said an election will be held for one of the five seats on the district’s board of directors. Terms of board members are staggered. Long said incumbent director John Werner, a Bingham Township farmer, is running unopposed for re-election to the board.

Coffee and rolls will be served at 10 a.m. at the Friday, Nov. 4 event, with a luncheon served at 11:30 a.m. The formal meeting will begin at noon.

Anyone seeking more information may contact the Leelanau Conservation District at 256-9783 or email klong@leelanaucd.org.

— Photo and story by Eric Carlson

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