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May 24, 2018

Join Us for Caring for God’s Creation August 21

The Cadillac Area Land Conservancy invites people of faith to spend an afternoon enjoying the wonders of God’s Creation, hearing why Christians have a special responsibility to take care of the earth and learning ways to be good stewards of the environment.   Join us for Caring for God’s Creation 3:00 - 6:00p.m., August 21st Robert Borak Easement (map below) 11380 W. County Line Rd., Mesick   Special Speaker—Fred Vandyke, Executive Director of the Au Sable Institute, former … [Read more...]

Carl T. Johnson Nature Preserve Kick-Off

An interested group of residents  are now part of the process for making plans for improving the Johnson Preserve on 33 Road, not far from M-55 West. A meeting was held at the Cherry Grove Township Offices on Saturday, July 30, 2016. There was a great turn-out and CALC is looking forward to working with these enthusiastic residents. CALC Chairman, Larry Copley, looks on as Max Yancho, of Drysdale Forestry & Consulting and CALC Board member, made a presentation. Max taught the audience … [Read more...]

Sally Hansen Memorial Bird Observation Platform

Ed Richards, of E & S Construction, is working in the heat to bring CALC a wildlife viewing platform on Waldeck Island.         You can see how tall the structure is already and the roof is yet to come. The nice height should allow for good views.     The view from the platform overlooks our wonderful/protected wetland and its shrubby/wooded shoreline offering ideal habitat and viewing opportunities for a wide variety … [Read more...]

Oliver Preserve Trail Taking Shape

OLIVER PRESERVE TRAIL TAKING SHAPE Thanks to board member, Dan Valley, and the Career Tech Class of Mark Johnson at the Wexford Missaukee Intermediate School District, the trail at the Oliver Preserve is starting to take shape. Near the end of May 2016 it looked like this, but was wrapped up shortly thereafter. Look for more to come on the completed project.     While you are out at the preserve, look for the three bluebird boxes to see if any have been … [Read more...]

CALC Lost a Friend – (George) William Irvine

(George) William Irvine It is with sadness that we join the family of Bill Irvine in announcing his passing May 13, 2016. Bill was one of CALC’s earliest board members when CALC was just still getting off the ground. Bill served from 2001 through 2004. He served with co-founders George Rock and Tom Rensberry and also Dick Loughmiller, Jim Peteresen, Fred Sprague  and John Grix; to name a few. At that time there were very few board members with the type of skills that Bill brought to the … [Read more...]

Spring Volunteer Day – A Great Success!

    Spring Volunteer Clean Up Day at Oliver Family Preserve           Fifteen volunteers planted over 400 wildlife friendly shrubs at the Oliver Family Preserve in Harrietta on April 30, 2016. Thanks to board member Dan Valley's organizational skills and natural resource background, the day went off like clockwork.                 The line-up of activities … [Read more...]

WINNER – A Tower Tour of the Mackinac Bridge!

And the winner is…               Donny Draws the Winning Ticket           #526 was the winning number. The winning ticket holder is Bette Jackson from Traverse City, an adventurous woman who is certainly not afraid of heights -   Bette spent four days hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru with lots of breathtakingly high places. Bette also has Mackinac Bridge e … [Read more...]

Volunteer Openings That Need You!

Vacation Coverage Office Staff: Eight weeks a year, drop in the CALC office 2 days a week for an hour.  Days and times are flexible for covering the vacations of CALC’s Secretary, which are never more than two weeks at a time. Skills needed include retrieving emails and phone messages, Microsoft Word and Excel, and on the job training will introduce you to membership database software.  You will gain an understanding of what it takes to make a conservancy function. QuickBooks Accounting Ent … [Read more...]

Protecting the Places that Matter

The natural areas at the heart of Michigan — the rivers, lakes,forests and open spaces — are what make our region so special. Whether you own a home, cottage, business, or simply love the beauty of the area, you know how important our environment is to our quality of life. Finding a healthy balance between development and the need to protect the scenic beauty and natural integrity of our area is essential.  This is what Cadillac Area Land Conservancy (CALC) is all about. Learn more... … [Read more...]

CALC Annual Meeting September 19, 2015

A Grand Old Time! More than 60 people gathered at the Harrietta Township Hall for the dedication of the Oliver Family Preserve and the CALC annual meeting on September 19th. Good friends, good food and good programs were the order of the day.   Larry Copley, CALC Chairman, gave a warm welcome, introduced the Oliver family and presented Ann and Bud with personalized notecards featuring photographs of the preserve, a small token of our appreciation.     Larry then … [Read more...]