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January 21, 2019

Vacant Land for Sale

This vacant land is for sale and was given to Cadillac Area Land Conservancy from the estate of Deborah Kohn for CALC to sell it as a way to sustain our organization. Debra had put a conservation easement on it, with CALC as the responsible party for enforcing the terms of the easement. Please refer anyone you may know that might be interested in this property to our Realtor Mark Hagan, Traverse City, Michigan. He can be reached by email or by phone at (231) 929-7985. … [Read more...]

Family Nature Summits

Looking for a unique experience focused on nature? A nature summit might be just the thing that your group or solo travelers are looking for and the next week-long summit is right here in Northern Michigan. The 2019 Great Lakes Family Nature Summit will be held in Shanty Creek Resort, Bellaire, MI from July 20 ⏤ July 26, 2019. Activities include biking, hiking, bird watching, and water activities. Please check out Family Nature Summits for further information. … [Read more...]

Nice Weather for Walks

Even at 21 degrees, this dog chose to frolic in the creek at the Oliver Family Preserve east of Harrietta. CALC’s preserve is open to the public and a nice place for a short walk on a brisk day. For directions how to get there click here. … [Read more...]

Fun Volunteer Day at CALC Johnson Preserve

The volunteer work bee was a success. Workers were rained on and even bombarded with wet snowflakes, but all had a good time. Half of the trails at the Carl T. Johnson CALC Nature Preserve were covered with wood chips. An entry sign and a trail head sign were also installed. Come visit and check it out! … [Read more...]

CALC Annual Meeting

No one could have asked for a more beautiful day for the CALC (Cadillac Area Land Conservancy) Annual Meeting October 7, 2018. Muriel & David Zandstra were wonderful hosts and did a great presentation on "Reclaiming Land for Nature" before taking guests on a tour of their 240-acre property easement in Osceola County.   CALC Board Members: Marty Williams, Steve Cunningham, Rose Denny, Larry Copley, Tom Anderson, and Fred Sprague. Missing: Marco Menezes The group on the … [Read more...]

Volunteers Needed at the Johnson Preserve

CALC needs volunteers to spread wood chips on a trail at the Johnson Preserve on Saturday, October 20, 2018, at 9:30 AM. When you arrive, you will find volunteers directing you where your help is needed as soon as you see the hardwoods off the south entrance on 33 Road. From the intersection of M-115 and Highway M-55 on the west side of the City of Cadillac; travel west on M-55 approximately 2 miles to S. 33 Rd. Turn left and follow S. 33 Rd south approximately 0.25 miles to the … [Read more...]

Nature Lovers Grieve Loss of the Woods They Loved

Cherry Grove Township, Wexford County, experienced a huge windstorm late August 2018. Thankfully human and home damage was relatively minimal compared to the sheer number of huge old-growth trees that were felled. If you love nature and love walking in the woods, you can’t help but grieve the loss of these beautiful trees. (To get a feel for the magnitude of the devastation, it will be many years before 46 Road between 27 and 21 Roads will recover.) … [Read more...]

CALC Annual Meeting – Reclaiming Land for Nature

Saturday, October 13, 2-4 p.m. Zandstra Easement 11655 220th Avenue, Reed City Events: A look at revitalization project Walking tour (golf carts available) Light refreshments Bring your own chair Do join us on the 13th to see what hard work can do! Muriel and David Zandstra have been planting native trees, culling invasive plants, enhancing wildlife habitat and removing human litter on their 240-acre easement in Osceola County. This acreage serves as a living model for … [Read more...]

New Trail Well on it’s Way at CALC’s Johnson Preserve

Many thanks to CALC board member, Steve Cunningham, for organizing youth volunteers from around the midwest to make great progress on a new trail at our preserve. The Cadillac News said it as well as we could, so please follow this link. … [Read more...]

Oliver Preserve 2016 Plantings a Success

Wildflowers are sprinkling the field by the entry of CALC Oliver Preserve near Harrietta. Sumac is popping out beyond the protective plastic sleeves. Some have been browsed on by deer...perhaps by the fawn spotted on our June visit. … [Read more...]