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April 22, 2018

Earth Day Celebration in the Park 2018

The weather outside has been frightful, but Sunday promises to be warmer. Please come join the Cadillac Area Land Conservancy‘s booth in the Cadillac city park this Sunday, April 22, 2018. Chat with our knowledgeable volunteers regarding what the Conservancy offers you. Please click the links below to find out more fun aspects of this event. https://www.cadillacmichigan.com/ http://www.cadillacearthday.org/ … [Read more...]

Volunteers Needed for Planting at the Johnson Preserve

May 5th, CALC needs volunteers to plant shrub seedlings, along with placing tree tubes and weed barrier mats. There will be dense planting coverage for over 1.1 acres. Many hands will make light work. We will start in the morning and work until all the shrubs are planted. Any drop-in effort would be appreciated. No special skills are needed and everyone is welcome. Wear your grubby clothes and gardening gloves and if you have one: bring a hammer, shovel, or scalping tool. Please call CALC … [Read more...]

A Winter Walk

Come one, come all and join the Community of Harrietta for a candle-light walk around the Oliver Family Preserve on Saturday, February 10, 2018. Bring your snowshoes or cross-country skies or simply come for a hike. We will meet at the Village Hall, 122 Davis Street in Harrietta, at 6:40 p.m. and carpool to the Oliver Family Preserve located on 30 1/4 Road at the east village limits. After the walk, we will meet back at the Village Hall for coffee, hot chocolate, cookies, and camaraderie. Enjoy … [Read more...]

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

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. Currently Cherry Grove resident, Steve Kalisz of Old School Forestry, is supervising the topwood removal. This is a labor intensive process that prevents the public … [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...]