American Beachgrass

The Charlevoix Conservation District American Beachgrass Nursery

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Beachgrass Orders are taken year round.   It is recommended to place orders
6 months prior to the season preferred (Spring/Fall).  Payments are due by
October 1 for the Fall Harvest season and May 1 for the Spring Harvest season.
Availability depends on the maximum amount we are able to harvest for sustainability
of the nursery natural area, this may vary by year.
 
To Order, or for Questions & Alternate Resource Information, please contact
the District office at
231-582-6193.
District Manager:   Alison Adams, alison.adams@macd.org

Commonly Asked Beachgrass Questions - Click Here

 Click Here to View a Video of the Process:
 https://www.facebook.com/charlevoixcd.org/videos/238865217400074/

Actual Beachgrass Harvest Days may vary.  Harvest days are typically
scheduled during the second week in May and October 
with the help of
Boyne City and Charlevoix students & often depends on school schedules
and the weather.
 

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 specific times of year
while the plant is dormant.

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!   
great-lakes-energy  People Fund logo  New Trailer 2016


Harvest Days
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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
Plugs

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 prior to harvest. 

Directions to Nursery

To Purchase Beachgrass Please Contact the District Office  
Phone:  231-582-6193
Email:  alison.adams@macd.org