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December 18, 2017

CALC’s 2017 Annual Event Well Attended

It was a rainy, cold day for the scheduled tour of the Harris easement, but turnout was excellent for the bear presentation by Vern Richardson of the DNR Wildlife Division, which preceded the tour. Vern described many aspects of black bears in northern Michigan. The audience learned a lot, with the recurring theme that a bear’s main interest is food, food, food. CALC works on keeping land undeveloped so that bears have unobstructed corridors to travel as they look for that food. One such p … [Read more...]

“A Little Dab’ll do Ya!”

At the Carl T. Johnson Nature Preserve If you remember the Brylcreem advertising jingle from the 1950’s, you remember a little dab of hair cream was all men needed to look so debonair! In our case, a tiny little dab is all that was needed to kill the roots of autumn olive that had infiltrated the Carl T. Johnson Nature Preserve. Years ago autumn olive plants were introduced on the Preserve. The plant then took over so aggressively that other plant species didn’t have a chance to thrive.  Ou … [Read more...]

Three local artists at Waldeck Island

Jane, Mary, and Elaine are local artists that spent a warm October morning drawing at Waldeck Island Nature Preserve. They set up within the wildlife viewing platform. While there, they spotted an eagle and herons to add to their artwork. … [Read more...]

Update on the Oliver Family Preserve in Harrietta

Wildflowers and Native Grasses Planted at the entrance of the Oliver Family Preserve in Harrietta Thanks to Tom Anderson and Bob Hess for planting wildflowers, native grasses and other plants known as carriers. This mixture of seeds has the name of "Pheasant Forever" mixture and is good for harboring wildlife. The land had to have much work done in order to get to the point of planting. However it will be much more pleasing to the eye for those that drive … [Read more...]

Carl T. Johnson Nature Preserve; No entry thru late spring 2018!

The Cadillac Area Land Conservancy (CALC) now owns the 40 acres formerly owned by Carl T. Johnson on 33 Road just past Benson Road. There was a meeting at the township hall last July that explained that for healthy forests there had to be a selective timber cut that would temporarily make things look worse before it got better. That process will continue until late spring 2018 and until then - the public should not enter the property for safety reasons! Currently Cherry Grove resident, Steve … [Read more...]

Oliver Family Preserve in Harrietta – Need Volunteer?

We've made improvements to the Oliver Family Preserve in Harrietta that will make your trip there much more pleasant!  As you know, we have carved out a trail almost a half mile long with super water views much of the way. We spent hours pulling up roots and stumps that were tripping hazards. There are steps on both sides of the bridge over the Slagle Creek tributary.  A bench donated by Ann Kahner overlooks this Slagle Creek tributary (located to the left of the new parking lot). It was pr … [Read more...]

Kohn Family Nature Preserve

The Cadillac Area Land Conservancy has been given another important piece of property that is now open as a public nature preserve — the Kohn Family Nature Preserve. This 22 acre area includes 4,300 feet of the Manistee River shoreline.  (The river is listed as a special, unique area in the Wexford County Master plan.)  It’s an unbroken natural area, a canoe resting place and a forested scenic backdrop for hikers using the North Country Scenic Trail.  Not only scenic, the property is a natural ha … [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...]