Hemlocks and Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Research in West Michigan

“Hemlocks and Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Research in West Michigan”

presented by

Dr Alexandra Locher, Grand Valley State University

at Opel Growers, Hudsonville, MI

Wednesday, December 11th

11:30 a.m.—2:30 p.m.

At Opel Growers

6275 Tyler St

Hudsonville, MI 49417

Please RSVP by December 6th

wmnla2013@gmail.com or 616-402-4885

Dr Alexandra Locher

Dr. Alexandra Locher, Forestry Dept., Grand Valley State University graduated with a PhD from Michigan State University Department of Fisheries and Wildlife in 2008, and then landed a faculty position in the School of Forest Resources at the University of Arkansas – Monticello. In 2011, Dr Locher came to Grand Valley State University where she focused her research on understanding how forest management practices impact wildlife species and communities. Dr Locher has expertise in wildlife biology and management, forest ecosystem management, and applications of geographic information systems to natural resources questions. Current projects are largely based on using remotely sensed data from satellites to model and predict characteristics of forests.

Dr Locher will be talking about some of her current projects focusing on mapping hemlock trees in west Michigan. She is actively working with the Ottawa Conservation District and West Michigan CISMA to combat the spread of hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) in Michigan. Hemlock woolly adelgid is an invasive insect that feeds on hemlock trees, which eventually kills them. As hemlocks provide many ecological functions and services including carbon sequestration, wildlife habitat, and dune stabilization, losing them would be devastating to Michigan. Dr Locher and her students are developing models using high resolution aerial imagery to predict locations of hemlocks and facilitate early detection of HWA and rapid treatment response to ultimately conserve hemlock forests in Michigan.

Lunch is provided by Opel Growers, tours of Opel Growers are available following the meeting. For more information about Opel Growers go to www.Opel Growers.com.

“H2A: Explanation & Staffing” presented by Lawrence Williams,Manzana LLC

Lawrence Williams, Manzana LLC will be presenting a program about the basics of hiring H2A workers.
Lawrence Williams is the owner of Manzana LLC, a farm labor contractor that provides farm labor services to growers around the country. He provides labor services to a wide variety of agricultural clients, including farms, nurseries, and greenhouses. In addition to recruiting domestic workers, Lawrence utilizes the H-2A non-immigrant visa program to legally bring workers from Mexico into the United States. He has used the H-2A non-immigrant visa program since 2007 and has developed an expertise in successfully navigating it for his client’s benefit. Last year his company brought over 600 workers from Mexico to conduct agricultural work.  Members and guest are welcome.

Wednesday, November 13th
11:30 a.m.—2:30 p.m.
At Grand Haven Community Center
421 Columbus
Grand Haven, MI 49417

RSVP by November 8th
Let us know you are coming so our hosts can prepare!
WMNLA member businesses & staff are welcomed!
RSVP to Pam Cater at
(616) 402-4885 or wmnla2013@gmail.com

 

WMNLA 2019-20 Programs

Wednesday, October 9, 2019, Dr. Chad Rigsby, ‘Shrub and Ornamental Pruning and the Importance of a Healthy Root System’ at Muskegon Community College, Rm 2323, Stevenson Center, 221 S. Quarterline Rd, Muskegon, MI

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 Lawrence Williams, Manzana LLC,’H2A: Explanation and Staffing’ at the Grand Haven Community Center, 421 Columbus, Grand Haven, Mi.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 ‘Invasive Tree Species’ presented by Dr. Alexandra Locher, Forestry Dept., Grand Valley State University. at Opel Growers, 6275 Tyler St., Hudsonville MI. Lunch provided by Opel Growers

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 ‘The Oz Project’, Allsion Jesky, Hope College. Legislative Updates Amy Upton, Executive Director, MNLA at Hope College, Maas’ Center, 264 Columbia, Holland, MI.

Wednesday, February 8, 2020, Program presented by Michigan Department of Transportation and Michigan State Police
at Michigan Wood Fibers, 9426 Henry St, Zeeland, MI 49464 Lunch provided by West Michigan Nursery & Landscape Association

All meetings eligible for CPIG Credit
Meeting time 11:30 a.m.
To RSVP: Text or call 616-402-4885, email: wmnla2013@gmail.com

20th Annual Scholarship WMNLA Golf Outing

56golfers participated in the 20th annual WMNLA Golf Outing at  Crestsview Golf Club.. Everyone enjoyed a day of wonderful weather, companionship with peers, good golf, and raised over $3000 for WMNLA Scholarships and Education Grant Funds.

 

The winning golf team was Mattson Landscape: Brian Mattson, George Slater, Matt Strong and Kurt Kugler.

WMNLA would like to thank the following companies for sponsoring meals, holes or providing prizes.
Event Sponsors: Bosch’s Landscape & Lawn Specialties and EcoGreen Supply.
Dinner Sponsor: Landscape Design
Lunch Sponsor: Bartlett Tree Experts
Snack Sponsor: BFG Co.

Hole Sponsors:
Bartlett Tree Services
B&B Trucking
BFG Supply Co
Dykstsra Landscape Mgt.
Evergreen Acres LLC
Evergreen Sprinkling
Grand Valley State University
Hope College
Mattson Landscape
Mellema Nursery
MNLA
Michigan Wood Fibers
Michigan Turf & Ornamental
Specialty Gardens
Walters Gardens

 

Prize Donors
Bartlett Tree Experts
Grand Valley State University
GROW
Maple Hill Golf Club
The Meadows Golf Club
Saugatuck Center for the Arts
Specialty Gardens
Vandenberg Hort
Wallinwood Spring Golf Club
Walters Gardens

20th Annual WMNLA Scholarship Golf Outing

Friday, September 20, 2019

Crestview Golf Club, Borculo

6279 96th Ave, Zeeland, Mi 49464

Friday, September 20, 2019
Sign-In at 8:30 a.m.
Shotgun Start at 9:30 a.m.
Dinner at 2:30 p.m.

Open to all WMNLA members, employees, friends, customers, vendors, & family. Bring the sales team! Bring a new member! You can sign up individually or as teams of 2, 3 or 4. We’ll partner individuals to make foursomes.
$75 Per Person – Includes 18 holes of golf, power cart, and an all-round great time. Followed by a chicken dinner.

Advance Registration Required by September 14th. Spouses and non golfers welcome to “dinner only” for $25. Cash bar available.

Sponsorships are also available for snacks as well as hole sponsors. There will be a lot of great golf, a good time, and all supporting a wonderful cause!

Sponsorship Levels
All sponsors will receive recognition:
in the Golf Outing Program, a Company Sign at the Golf Course
In the Michigan Landscape magazine
On the WMNLA Website and In the WMNLA Newsletter

Golf Sponsor Eco Green Supply and Bosch’s Landscape and Lawn Specialties
Dinner Sponsor Landscape Design Services
Lunch Sponsor Bartlett Tree Experts
Snack Sponsor $100, available
Hole Sponsors $75

                           WMNLA GOLF OUTING REGISTRATION FORM