Established in 2016, ODC Conservation Services provided land management and restoration services, invasive species management, and wildlife habitat and conservation improvement services to public and private landowners throughout West Michigan.
For non-native brush and trees, removal with machinery is often recommended. This process extracts entire root balls of invasive shrubs such as Autumn Olive, Honeysuckle, and Buckthorn.
Where applicable, biological solutions such as the Galerucella or “purple loosestrife beetle” may be used to naturally suppress and control invasive populations. contact us to learn more!
Herbicide applications are often necessary when dealing with well-established invasive plant populations. Our methodologies range from pin-point application to broadband distribution.
Prescribed fire (controlled burning) will suppress non-native and invasive species which are often fire intolerant and help create a more biologically diverse ecosystem. Using licensed professionals, we manage the ODC Nature Preserve grassland and wetland ecosystems with controlled burns.
The Michigan Certified Natural Shoreline Professional program (MiCNSP) certifies our organization to implement green landscaping technologies and bioengineered erosion control for the protection of Michigan’s inland lakes and ponds. Our team will carefully create a shoreline protection plan, obtain the required permits, and select the right balance of native plants and erosion control materials in order to restore function to the shorelines of inland lakes.