Last weekend, volunteers pruned ~150 apple trees in the Grayling State Forest in a section of a 300acre orchard that has not been maintained in many years. This is the second year that efforts have been made to maintain the orchards within the Grayling State Forest by partnering with MUCC’s Wildlife Habitat Improvement Program as well as the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF). This event was coordinated with the areas DNR Wildlife Biologist, Brian Piccolo, and seasonal staff. Volunteers spent the day on Saturday pruning any dead branches from apple trees in hopes of improving their sift mast production in the upcoming seasons. The apple production will provide food for the areas wildlife including whitetail deer, black bear, turkey, and several other small game and bird species.
Last week on Friday, OTG Jr successfully completed the third event for its Spring 2017 trial season. The Cramer Jr High Community Service Club partnered with OTG Jr in efforts to eradicate invasive species at the Bay City State Recreation Area near Tobico Marsh. A total of 16 students from the club participated in the project accompanied by Brad Williams- the school counselor for Cramer Jr High, as well as two other adult chaperones. During the habitat improvement portion of the event, the group pulled enough garlic mustard to fill over 30 trash bags and made small brush piles for rabbitat using autumn olive, glossy buckthorn, rose bushes, and japanese knotweed. After a well-earned lunch break, the kids then enjoyed an afternoon of fishing on the lagoon for their recreation activity portion of the day.