Last weekend was a busy one for MUCC’s On the Ground program and volunteers. On Friday, a group of 12 volunteers removed small trees and shrubs from a 20-acre area at Inspiration Point in the Pigeon River Country State Forest to restore the area to a wildlife opening. Then, on Saturday, a group of 23 volunteers planted 300 trees in the Melstrand Grouse Enhanced Management Site (GEMS). Both of these events were made possible by new and continuing partnerships with local chapters of national and statewide organizations such as Huron Pines AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps NCCC, the DNR, Ruffed Grouse Society, Alger County UP Whitetails, and Michigan Sharp Tail Association. Thank you to the many volunteers that dedicated their day to improve wildlife habitat on Michigan’s public lands!
Last week, an On the Ground event was hosted at the Rose Lake State Game Area with the GRAND Learning Network as part of their annual orientation. This week, MUCC’s OTG program is focusing on wrapping up the project season with three more events. Coming up this Friday, August 25th, OTG will be joining the NCCC crew in the Pigeon River Country State Forest to complete a project maintaining the wildlife opening by removing small trees and shrubs and applying herbicide to the stumps. On Saturday, August 26th, OTG will be planting trees in the Melstrand Grouse Enhanced Management Site with the local chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society, Alger County UP Whitetails, and the Michigan Sharp Tail Association. To finish off this season, OTG will be in the Grayling State Forest on September 23rd to plant trees with the National Wild Turkey Federation, Camp Grayling, and the Department of Natural Resources. To RSVP to volunteer or see more details about these events, view the links at www.mucc.org/ontheground.