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September 21, 2018

Nature Lovers Grieve Loss of the Woods They Loved

Cherry Grove Township, Wexford County, experienced a huge windstorm late August 2018. Thankfully human and home damage was relatively minimal compared to the sheer number of huge old-growth trees that were felled. If you love nature and love walking in the woods, you can’t help but grieve the loss of these beautiful trees. (To get a feel for the magnitude of the devastation, it will be many years before 46 Road between 27 and 21 Roads will recover.) … [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 … [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...]

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...]

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...]

“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...]