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November 12, 2018

Spring Volunteer Day – A Great Success!

    Spring Volunteer Clean Up Day at Oliver Family Preserve           Fifteen volunteers planted over 400 wildlife friendly shrubs at the Oliver Family Preserve in Harrietta on April 30, 2016. Thanks to board member Dan Valley's organizational skills and natural resource background, the day went off like clockwork.                 The line-up of activities … [Read more...]

WINNER – A Tower Tour of the Mackinac Bridge!

And the winner is…               Donny Draws the Winning Ticket           #526 was the winning number. The winning ticket holder is Bette Jackson from Traverse City, an adventurous woman who is certainly not afraid of heights -   Bette spent four days hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru with lots of breathtakingly high places. Bette also has Mackinac Bridge e … [Read more...]

Protecting the Places that Matter

The natural areas at the heart of Michigan — the rivers, lakes,forests and open spaces — are what make our region so special. Whether you own a home, cottage, business, or simply love the beauty of the area, you know how important our environment is to our quality of life. Finding a healthy balance between development and the need to protect the scenic beauty and natural integrity of our area is essential.  This is what Cadillac Area Land Conservancy (CALC) is all about. Learn more... … [Read more...]

CALC Annual Meeting September 19, 2015

A Grand Old Time! More than 60 people gathered at the Harrietta Township Hall for the dedication of the Oliver Family Preserve and the CALC annual meeting on September 19th. Good friends, good food and good programs were the order of the day.   Larry Copley, CALC Chairman, gave a warm welcome, introduced the Oliver family and presented Ann and Bud with personalized notecards featuring photographs of the preserve, a small token of our appreciation.     Larry then … [Read more...]

CALC at the 2015 Blueberry Festival

Our booth at the Harrietta Blueberry Festival on August 1st gave us the opportunity to share our mission with the community.  There was lots of interest in the new Oliver Preserve located on the outskirts of town. We spoke with several land owners about conservation easements. The blueberry pancakes and home-town parade added to the experience.   Rose and her feathered friend caught people’s eye.         Our display boards always look go … [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...]

DAVE SMITH: Long Time Supporter of CALC

It is with great sadness that CALC announces the 5/4/15 passing of Dave Smith, CALC board member from 2006 through 2012. Dave had experience with another MI conservancy that was invaluable as he administered two important grants for CALC. He oversaw the Wildlife Corridor grant that brought awareness to the need for bear travel over private property from the Mitchell Swamp bear nursery. This grant was in conjunction with the Cadillac Area Community Foundation. He also oversaw the Advancing Con … [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...]

In Remembrance – George Rock

In Remembrance of George Lee Rock  1925 - 2014 While we mourn the passing of George Rock, CALC’s Director Emeritus, we also celebrate his life—the life of a visionary. It was George’s vision of using a non-profit organization to preserve land that led to the formation of the Cadillac Area Land Conservancy. He educated us by bending our ears every chance he got! He was a relentless believer in the cause and wasn’t afraid to tell the world about it on a one-to-one personal basis. George acted on … [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...]