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May 24, 2018

CALC at the 2015 Blueberry Festival

Our booth at the Harrietta Blueberry Festival on August 1st gave us the opportunity to share our mission with the community.  There was lots of interest in the new Oliver Preserve located on the outskirts of town. We spoke with several land owners about conservation easements. The blueberry pancakes and home-town parade added to the experience.   Rose and her feathered friend caught people’s eye.         Our display boards always look go … [Read more...]

A controlled burn uses fire to improve the environment

The CALC Oliver Family Preserve in Harrietta has the beautiful Slagle Creek running through it and has forests and wetlands for hiking and bird watching. However the entrance to the preserve is in need of invasive species removal and a general enhancement of the grasslands to include more native grasses and wildflowers. To that end, a controlled burn is planned. To understand why a controlled burn is needed, please see Dave Foley's Cadillac News article describing controlled burns. If you drive … [Read more...]

DAVE SMITH: Long Time Supporter of CALC

It is with great sadness that CALC announces the 5/4/15 passing of Dave Smith, CALC board member from 2006 through 2012. Dave had experience with another MI conservancy that was invaluable as he administered two important grants for CALC. He oversaw the Wildlife Corridor grant that brought awareness to the need for bear travel over private property from the Mitchell Swamp bear nursery. This grant was in conjunction with the Cadillac Area Community Foundation. He also oversaw the Advancing Con … [Read more...]

2015 update on the Eastern Box Turtle study

Please follow this link for a USDA Forest Service article on "Eastern Box Turtle Monitoring Project" By Kate Salm, Public Affairs Specialist on the Huron-Manistee National Forest. http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r9/plants-animals/?cid=STELPRD3801494     … [Read more...]

In Remembrance – George Rock

In Remembrance of George Lee Rock  1925 - 2014 While we mourn the passing of George Rock, CALC’s Director Emeritus, we also celebrate his life—the life of a visionary. It was George’s vision of using a non-profit organization to preserve land that led to the formation of the Cadillac Area Land Conservancy. He educated us by bending our ears every chance he got! He was a relentless believer in the cause and wasn’t afraid to tell the world about it on a one-to-one personal basis. George acted on … [Read more...]

A Day With Hatchling Eastern Box Turtles

Release Date: Jan 28, 2014   Cadillac, MI Contact(s): Kate Salm There are 57 species of turtles found in the US and 10 of those are found in Michigan.  Many species are in trouble because of road mortality, habitat loss and over collection.   I got to spend a few days getting to know one of those species, the Eastern Box Turtle for a few days this past summer. The Eastern Box turtle is the focus of a monitoring project being conducted as part of a partnership with Grand Valley State … [Read more...]

Tips for Buying Snowshoes

          By Dave Foley Winter can be tough on those who enjoy daily runs or walks on sidewalks and roads as ice and snow can be treacherous. A safer and fun alternative is snowshoeing. With this super-size foot gear strapped on your feet, you can burn gobs of calories tramping through the woods or have an easier workout walking on packed trails.  (Avoid groomed cross country ski trails since snowshoes destroy the ski tracks.) Since winter, at the minimum, delivers us five months of snow, proc … [Read more...]

Consider a Foundation Donation

The endowment fund for the Conservancy at the Cadillac Area Community Foundation provides funds for the future protection of our easements. An endowment is a fund where the principal (gifts to the fund) is never spent; only the growth on the fund is distributed. Endowments to this fund allow the Cadillac Area land Conservancy to provide responsible stewardship now and into the future. The Cadillac Area Community Foundation offers: Services that allow the endowment to serve the … [Read more...]

We Need YOU!

Do you have some extra time? Are you looking for a worthy cause? The CALC Board of Directors is seeking two people to serve three-year terms. We hope to find people with skills and abilities who can bring their life experiences to this working board. One vacancy is for a Marketing/Promotional position to assist CALC in fundraising and capacity building in our four-county service area. This includes educational outreach as we are putting together public presentation materials for special … [Read more...]

Need a Guest Speaker?

Is your organization looking for a guest speaker? CALC would love to come and talk about wildlife corridors and our mission. Please contact our offices at (231) 775-3631. … [Read more...]