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November 12, 2018

Fun Volunteer Day at CALC Johnson Preserve

The volunteer work bee was a success. Workers were rained on and even bombarded with wet snowflakes, but all had a good time. Half of the trails at the Carl T. Johnson CALC Nature Preserve were covered with wood chips. An entry sign and a trail head sign were also installed. Come visit and check it out! … [Read more...]

CALC Annual Meeting

No one could have asked for a more beautiful day for the CALC (Cadillac Area Land Conservancy) Annual Meeting October 7, 2018. Muriel & David Zandstra were wonderful hosts and did a great presentation on "Reclaiming Land for Nature" before taking guests on a tour of their 240-acre property easement in Osceola County.   CALC Board Members: Marty Williams, Steve Cunningham, Rose Denny, Larry Copley, Tom Anderson, and Fred Sprague. Missing: Marco Menezes The group on the … [Read more...]

Volunteers Needed at the Johnson Preserve

CALC needs volunteers to spread wood chips on a trail at the Johnson Preserve on Saturday, October 20, 2018, at 9:30 AM. When you arrive, you will find volunteers directing you where your help is needed as soon as you see the hardwoods off the south entrance on 33 Road. From the intersection of M-115 and Highway M-55 on the west side of the City of Cadillac; travel west on M-55 approximately 2 miles to S. 33 Rd. Turn left and follow S. 33 Rd south approximately 0.25 miles to the … [Read more...]

CALC Annual Meeting – Reclaiming Land for Nature

Saturday, October 13, 2-4 p.m. Zandstra Easement 11655 220th Avenue, Reed City Events: A look at revitalization project Walking tour (golf carts available) Light refreshments Bring your own chair Do join us on the 13th to see what hard work can do! Muriel and David Zandstra have been planting native trees, culling invasive plants, enhancing wildlife habitat and removing human litter on their 240-acre easement in Osceola County. This acreage serves as a living model for … [Read more...]

New Trail Well on it’s Way at CALC’s Johnson Preserve

Many thanks to CALC board member, Steve Cunningham, for organizing youth volunteers from around the midwest to make great progress on a new trail at our preserve. The Cadillac News said it as well as we could, so please follow this link. … [Read more...]

Oliver Preserve 2016 Plantings a Success

Wildflowers are sprinkling the field by the entry of CALC Oliver Preserve near Harrietta. Sumac is popping out beyond the protective plastic sleeves. Some have been browsed on by deer...perhaps by the fawn spotted on our June visit. … [Read more...]

Volunteer Shrub Planting Day at the CALC Johnson Preserve

Thank you to the CALC Volunteers that sacrificed their morning Saturday, May 5th, at the Johnson Preserve. Their volunteering helped us plant trees and bushes on the preserve. With their planting work on Saturday, the animals will have a better habitat. We were glad the weather was better than we could have hoped for after this odd spring. Tom Anderson was happy that so many turned out to take over the work so he could oversee and organize. The signage for the preserve has been ordered and … [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...]

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...]