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Contact: Ray Fahlsing 517-335-4823
Agency: Natural Resources

Volunteers needed to collect native seeds in State Parks
 
September 19, 2003

State stewardship officials invite volunteers to harvest native prairie seeds at 10 state parks and recreation areas for October weekends.

The seeds collected by volunteers will be used to re-establish and restore tallgrass prairie, lakeplain prairie, oak savanna and dune ecosystems. The collections will take place in state parks and recreation areas throughout southern Michigan. A complete schedule of collection dates is available here. The prairie and oak savanna ecosystems, nearly eliminated during European settlement, exist today in small remnants, many in Michigan’s state parks. Seed collection is a key step in restoring these lost landscapes, but a step that requires many hands. “This is an important opportunity to expand and restore these natural ecosystems and preserve them for future generations,” said Ray Fahlsing, Stewardship Program manager. Volunteers are asked to bring a clean, empty milk jug to collect seeds, wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring drinking water and sunscreen. Children between the ages of 5 and 15 must be accompanied by an adult. To sign up for a time or to bring a group, contact Lisa Gamero at 517-241-4789 or via e-mail at gamerol@michigan.gov.

 

 

 

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