This past weekend, a total of 44 volunteers participated in Tyler Sands’ Eagle Scout Project with MUCC’s Wildlife Habitat Improvement Program at the Gourdneck State Game Area. Over the past year, between school and life’s frequent roadblocks, Tyler has been coordinating with his Boy Scout Troop 253 of Vicksburg, MI and the council as well as with Mark Mills-the areas DNR Wildlife Biologist, and me to plan and get approval for his project. Tyler recruited an incredible turnout including his fellow Boy Scouts, a local Girl Scout Troop, several MUCC volunteers, and even State Senator Margaret O’Brien representing the 20th State Senate District (Kalamazoo County). The group built over 50 brush piles for rabbit habitat on a 12.5 acre field with forest edges.
This weekend, 30 people became safer sawyers by attending Chuck Oslund’s Chainsaw Safety Training hosted at MUCC. This was the third year in a row that this course has been offered to volunteers with MUCC’s Wildlife Habitat Program and the general public. This year, participants had the option to practice techniques learned within the safety system with a second training day held at the Rose Lake State Game Area. Half of the group, including two participants that took Chuck’s course here at MUCC last year, took advantage of the extra training offered in the field. Thank you to Bill Dawson and Bill Rushford for volunteering their time this weekend to make the field training possible!