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May 22, 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...]

Cadillac Area Land Conservancy Annual Meeting October 23 at 1:00 pm

Dear CALC Board & Friends  The Cadillac Area Land Conservancy Annual Meeting will Take Place on Sunday, October 23, 2015  commencing at 1:00 P.M. The meeting will be held in the Clam Lake Township Hall located at 8809-E. M-115, Cadillac, Michigan. Following a short business meeting the Dedication of the Sandy Hansen Memorial Overlook will take place. Larry W. Copley ph. 1-231-876-0351 email: lwcopley@yahoo.com … [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...]

Celebrate New Platform at Public Trail

You’re Invited! CALC Annual Meeting Sunday, October 23—1:00 p.m. Clam Lake Township Hall 8809 E. M-115     Help us celebrate birds and the new things happening on our Waldeck Island Nature Preserve. Do join us and bring a friend or two. Events Dedication of the new Sandy Hansen memorial wildlife viewing platform built in Sandy’s memory by the Hansen Family Foundation. Sandy was an avid birdw … [Read more...]

Johnson Autumn Olive

Invasive or Scenic?   On the CALC Johnson Nature Preserve (on 33 Road near Benson Rd. in Cadillac) Autumn Olive is easy to see and there's lots of it. Left unattended it has gotten out of control. In these photos volunteers are experimenting with how best to control it. When it starts choking out other native plants it is best to try to limit the spread of invasive vegetation.   CALC will apply for a grant to help out with the … [Read more...]

Follow the Yellow Brick Road – October 23rd

At Waldeck Island Nature Preserve the trail to the Sandy Hansen wildlife viewing platform is now coated with wood chips. It will make it easy to spot as you pull into the parking lot. Way-finding signs will be installed before our annual meeting on October 23rd. On that day everyone is invited to meet at the Clam Lake Township Hall at 1:00 to celebrate the new platform. Mark your calendar! … [Read more...]

Join Us for Caring for God’s Creation August 21

The Cadillac Area Land Conservancy invites people of faith to spend an afternoon enjoying the wonders of God’s Creation, hearing why Christians have a special responsibility to take care of the earth and learning ways to be good stewards of the environment.   Join us for Caring for God’s Creation 3:00 - 6:00p.m., August 21st Robert Borak Easement (map below) 11380 W. County Line Rd., Mesick   Special Speaker—Fred Vandyke, Executive Director of the Au Sable Institute, former … [Read more...]