Some of us celebrate spring by taking a stroll, basking in the sun or enjoying the beauty of nature in bloom. Others take a more practical approach and opt to do a little spring-cleaning. If you’re of the latter variety, you may be pulling out the old files and weeding through the bookcases in your offices. In doing so, you may come across some outdated Michigan State UniversityExtension bulletins. What to do?
The University Archives & Historical Collections can help.
Jennie Russell, assistant records archivist, said, “The best thing that Extension staff can do is make a list of the bulletins that they have, so we can compare and see if we have a copy or not.”
The list should include the following details about each bulletin: the title, the volume and issue number, and the date. Send the list to the Archives at firstname.lastname@example.org. After an Archives staff member reviews it, he or she will contact you with further instructions.
“There are so many different Extension bulletins that we need all of that information to make an informed decision. If there are issues we want, we will have them fill out a transmittal sheet and have them delivered to us,” said Jennie.
Keeping the bulletins in the archives ensures that we won’t lose them and we can refer to them for historical reference.
Archives needs only one copy of the bulletin. If you have multiple copies, recycle the rest.
If you have questions, contact the University Archives & Historical Collections at email@example.com.
Several new bulletins are now available in the Michigan State University Extension Bookstore. All are produced by Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Communications. All three are available as free PDF downloads.
Protect Your Great Lakes Shoreline Home From Wildfires (E3203) is written by Mark F. Hansen, Extension educator-on-call emeritus and consultant emeritus. The bulletin, part of the Wildfire Series, gives tips to incorporate preventative practices such as providing a defensible space to reduce the chances your shoreline home will catch fire in the event of a wildfire.
Rebuilding an Eroding Bank on an Inland Lake: A Comparison of Traditional and Prefabricated Encapsulated Soil Lifts (E3198) is written by Jane Herbert, senior Extension water resource educator, and Gina Frasson-Hudson, Extension research assistant. It was edited by Rebecca McKee, editor, and designed by Alicia Burnell, graphic designer, both of ANR Communications. Shoreline contractors as well as shoreline property owners will benefit from this bulletin, which compares the traditional method of “hardening” eroding shorelines using rock riprap and vertical seawalls with a more natural erosion control measure, such as an encapsulated soil lift.
Rotational Grazing for Michigan Horses (E3200) was written by Tom Guthrie, Extension statewide equine educator; Karen Waite, equine Extension specialist; and Kim Cassida, forage specialist in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences. It was edited by Rebecca McKee and designed by Alicia Burnell. The bulletin describes what a rotational grazing system is and helps horse owners and managers decide whether a system is right for them, their land and their horses.
When we think of invasive aquatic species, we often think of nonnative fish that invade our waters, but many invasive plants can cause harm as well. Michigan State University Extension has come up with a quick and easy guide for boaters and paddlers to use to identify certain plant species not native to Michigan that displace native plants, degrade lake habitats and ecosystems, and create problems for people who live on and use our lakes.
MSU fisheries and wildlife specialist Lois Wolfson and MSU senior Extension educator Jane Herbert co-authored A Michigan Boater’s Guide to Selected Invasive Aquatic Plants (E-3189). The small spiral-bound book was produced on water-resistant paper, making it perfect for a boater to bring along for the ride. Full-color photos assist in plant identification. Each of the 11 plants covered includes a description, habitat and distribution, and control and management. Boaters are encouraged to report invasive species sightings using the Midwest Invasive Species website at www.misin.msu.edu.
Because removing the plants once they establish themselves is difficult, the book contains a section on prevention and monitoring so lake users can reduce the chances of an invasion and take immediate action if they do spot an unwelcome intruder.
You can purchase the guide at the MSU Extension Bookstore.
Read more in this ANR Communications news article and in this MSU Extension news article.