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December 18, 2017

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...]

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...]

Geocaching on the CALC Preserves

What is Geocaching? Geocaching is a real world outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS enabled devices. Participants use GPS coordinates to navigate to a specific location posted on a geocaching website where they hope to find the treasure, a geocache or container. This geocache container may contain some trinket or just a log where you can sign to acknowledge that you found the location of this geocache. If you plan on taking a treasure, then you should take one along with you to leave for … [Read more...]

Oliver Preserve Trail Taking Shape

OLIVER PRESERVE TRAIL TAKING SHAPE Thanks to board member, Dan Valley, and the Career Tech Class of Mark Johnson at the Wexford Missaukee Intermediate School District, the trail at the Oliver Preserve is starting to take shape. Near the end of May 2016 it looked like this, but was wrapped up shortly thereafter. Look for more to come on the completed project.     While you are out at the preserve, look for the three bluebird boxes to see if any have been … [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...]

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...]

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...]