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,
Gamero at 517-241-4789 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.