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August 19, 2018

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...]

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...]