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November 19, 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...]

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...]

Winter Walk Event Was Fun for All

The community of Harrietta came together for a candlelight snowshoe walk through the snowy trail at the Cadillac Area Land Conservancy Oliver Family Preserve. The weather was clear and brisk with perfect snow conditions. Twenty people of all ages snowshoed the trail and then enjoyed warm and tasty refreshments back at the village hall. Thank you to Patti and Bob Dunning for organizing this invigorating evening.   Paper sack luminaries weighted with cat litter guided the adventurous … [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...]