Sustainable Land Management and Ecological Restoration Services.

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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.

Invasive Species Management

Our integrated approach combines following control methods:

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.

meadow restoration in progress
meadow restoration in progress
completed hillside meadow restoration for Hamilton Community Schools

Ecological Restoration & Habitat Improvement

We are experts in the recovery of ecosystems that have been degraded, damaged, or destroyed through human interaction.
  • Restoration and rehabilitation of degraded prairie.
  • Turf grass conversion into native prairie/meadow.
  • Design and installation of more formal beds or pollinator plots of native plant species to provide balance of conventional landscaping aesthetics with the added benefit of improving water quality, reduced maintenance, and providing wildlife habitat.
  • Installation of fescue blend eco-grass for a “no mow” lawn. May be mowed as little as 1-2 times per year to help reduce maintenance footprint.
  • Removal of invasive species, reintroduction of native wetland grasses, sedges, shrubs, and wildflowers.
  • Clearing of invasive shrubs, replanting of understory vegetation, and reforestation with native tree species.
  • Please contact us if you are interested in pursuing a native plant project of your own. We propagate over 50 species of native plants in our greenhouse and have the inventory to supply the right balance of plants to thrive in any environment.
  • Our natural area management service helps maintain newly installed restoration projects throughout the 1-3 year establishment period. During this time we apply our expertise to detect and manage invasive species, supplement native plant material, and implement management strategies such as seasonal cutbacks or prescribed burning.
  • Management Plans – Creation of detailed management plans for landowners or maintenance staff to follow in order to properly maintain natural areas and restoration projects.

Shoreline Protection and Erosion Control

As water levels continue to rise in West Michigan, natural shorelines provide a sustainable and affordable alternative to seawalls and hardscapes.

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.

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The ODC Network

Offering nature-based, small group trips since 2002, the Outdoor Explorer Network is a proud division of the ODC Network, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2000 with the purpose of advancing outdoor education and conservation in West Michigan.

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The ODC Network

Offering nature-based, small group trips since 2002, the Outdoor Explorer Network is a proud division of the ODC Network, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2000 with the purpose of advancing outdoor education and conservation in West Michigan.