Volunteers Needed for Stewardship Workdays in Southern Michigan

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Volunteers Needed for Stewardship Workdays in Southern MichiganThe Department of Natural Resources announced today the schedule of volunteer stewardship workdays to be held in November throughout southeastern Michigan state parks and recreation areas.

Volunteers are needed to help collect native plant seeds and cut invasive shrubs in natural areas within state parks and recreation areas. These activities will help protect and restore the unique natural areas in these southeast Michigan state parks. Volunteering for these workdays is a great way to “GO-Get Outdoors,” breathe some cool fall air and get a little bit of exercise. Volunteers will also be able to experience Michigan’s lovely fall colors and harvesting tradition.

Dates, times and locations of the workdays are as follows:

  • Saturday, Nov. 1 – Island Lake Rec. Area (Livingston Co.), 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 2 – Highland Recreation Area (Oakland Co.), 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 8 – Bald Mountain Rec. Area (Oakland Co.), 9 a.m. to noon
  • Saturday, Nov. 8 – Highland Recreation Area (Oakland Co.), 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 9 – Algonac State Park (St. Clair Co.), 1 to 4 p.m.

Volunteers should dress appropriately for the weather and outdoor work, including long pants, boots, gloves, sunscreen, and their own drinking water. For seed collecting, volunteers should also bring a clean, empty milk jug.

For information about the specific tasks at each location and to obtain directions, visit the DNR Web site at www.michigan.gov/dnrvolunteers and link to the “Calendar of Volunteer Stewardship Workdays.” All volunteers are asked to register using the forms available on the Web site. A special form for all seed collecting activities is available at the top of the calendar listing. Any questions should be directed to Laurel Malvitz at 248-359-9057 or malvitzl [at] michigan [dot] gov.