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Improve Turkey Habitat in Northern Michigan!

October 3rd, 2013

MUCC, the National Wild Turkey Federation and the DNR are teaming up to plant crabapple trees in the Gaylord Forest Management Unit in the northern Lower Peninsula on October 19, 2013. We’re looking for volunteers to help plant 100 trees west of Gaylord.

Crabapple trees provide a year-round soft mass food source for numerous wildlife species, including deer and turkeys. The National Wild Turkey Federation donated the trees to the DNR in the Spring, and volunteers have been watering them at the Rose Lake Wildlife Research facility near Lansing.

Michigan On-the-Ground, which is the public-private partnership between MUCC and the DNR, is looking for volunteers to take the baton and plant the trees. As a thank-you, volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and a subscription to the digital edition of Michigan OutofDoors Magazine.

Volunteers will meet at 9am on Saturday, October 19, at the¬†Gaylord Operations Service Center,¬†1732 West M-32 in Gaylord. From there, volunteers will divide into four teams to plant 100 trees at different locations throughout the forest. After the workday, they’ll reconvene for a delicious BBQ with plenty of time left to hunt in the afternoon and evening!

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