American Beachgrass

Nursery & sign

The Charlevoix Conservation District's
American Beachgrass Nursery - WAITLIST for FALL 2021
For Questions & Alternate Resource Information, please contact
the District office at
We apologize for the inconvenience, but due to COVID-19 our
large student volunteer base this year has impacted our ability to harvest.
We are currently working on finding back-up plans for harvesting  and 
hope to be able to continue with our normal harvest routine in the Fall
of 2021 (early October). 
A waitlist for the Fall 2021 Harvest
(October) will begin in July of 2021 (Harvesting will depend on our ability
to confirm volunteers
Contact District Manager
Adams at 231-582-6193 or email:  

 Click Here to View a Video of the Process:

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.  

It is recommend to place orders 6 months prior to the harvest season
you prefer (Fall or Spring). 
Availability depends on the maximum amount
we are able to harvest for sustainability of the nursery natural area, this 
may vary by year.

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

Harvest Days
Chx kids 16

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 prior to harvest. 

Directions to Nursery

To Purchase Beachgrass Please Contact the District Office  
Phone:  231-582-6193