The Charlevoix Conservation District's
American Beachgrass Nursery
Beachgrass Harvest Days may vary. They are typically
scheduled for the second week in May and October
with the help of Boyne City and Charlevoix students.
The nursery is located south of Charlevoix near Fisherman's Island
State Park. Through a unique partnership, the District leases the
small nursery property from the Department of Natural Resources.
The beachgrass is harvested twice a year, each spring and fall.
The beachgrass needs to be harvested during dormancy, leaving
only a small window of time between warmer weather & snow.
Our nursery is MAEAP verified (assuring environmental
quality), allowing the district a maximum amount of bundles it
can sustainably harvest each season. Once that number is reached
through incoming orders, we cannot take additional orders for that
season, but can keep them on hold for the next harvest season.
Beachgrass is shipped anywhere throughout Michigan, or any other
coastline states (freshwater or salt). In some cases, due to climate
variations, our harvest times can be off with other states
which can complicate planting schedules. Contact the district office
for more information 231-582-6193.
In 2016, the Great Lakes Energy People Fund awarded the
Charlevoix Conservation District with funding to purchase
a new landscape trailer, 20 spade shovels, and two coolers
to assist with our Beachgrass Harvest Days stewardship
program. Thank You Great Lakes Energy & Supporters!
Beachgrass harvest days are a collaborative effort between District staff
and other organizations, individuals and groups. Groups who have volunteered
to assist our harvest efforts include Charlevoix Elementary School, NCMC
(North Central Michigan College) students, and Boyne City students.
These partnerships are helpful to the District because they assure
harvesting assistance (humanpower) each season. For local students,
it provides a direct connection to the land through stewardship.
This opportunity is something the students will remember for years to come
and a chance to know they had a valuable hand in protecting shoreline
throughout Michigan and across the country.
Beachgrass Plugs & Bundles
Each beachgrass bundle contains 500 bareroot plants. Each plug may have
anywhere from one to three or more stalks shooting from one stem (ie:
if one plug has 3 shoots, it is counted as 3 plants). Beachgrass bundles
may be picked up from the following locations (post harvest): nursery,
the Charlevoix District office (Boyne City), or via UPS Shipping.
The cost for each bundle is $75.00, includes tax, does not include shipping.
(We ship UPS upon request).
Payment for beachgrass is due up front, prior to harvest.
Directions to Nursery
To Purchase Beachgrass Please Contact the District Office
Beachgrass orders are taken throughout the year. Availability is limited
by the maximum sustainable harvest amount allowed per season.