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November 22, 2019

CALC 2019 Annual Meeting Attracted Age-Diverse Crowd

Debra-Ann Brabazon from the United States Forest Service gave an inspiring presentation entitled “Engaging Community in Sustainability.” The community Debra-Ann has been inspiring is the CHS Ecology Club & Junior Rangers, a group of young adults who have participated in many environmental improvement projects. The presentation also gave the audience information on bats and what can be done to support these useful mammals.   CALC introduced their new Executive Committee and hosted the e … [Read more...]

2019 Annual Meeting Date Announced

The public is invited to an informative and fun annual meeting on October 10, 2019, at 6:00 PM. We will be visiting bat houses on the CALC Johnson Nature Preserve because of our chance of seeing bats increases by viewing them at dusk. Before that guided excursion there will be a short business meeting and a presentation by Debra-Ann Brabazon “Engaging Community in Sustainability” with emphasis on bluebirds and bats at the Cherry Grove Township Hall at 4830 East M-55 in Cadillac W … [Read more...]

Bear Spotted During Spring Easement Monitoring

Every year volunteers for CALC visit each property that has an easement governing it. This easement is a contract that outlines the owner’s responsibility to forsake agreed upon developmental rights. The conservancy then fulfills its contractual duties by visiting the property once a year to make sure that nothing but agreed upon development has taken place. This spring the volunteers were lucky enough to spot this bear.   … [Read more...]

Give Invasive Species the Brush Off

Thank you to the Wexford Conservation District for donating two shoe brush stands to CALC! Hikers can now brush off the bottom of their shoes before and after each hike to prevent the spread of invasive plant species. An invasive species is an organism that is not native and has negative impacts on the economy, environment, or human health. To find out more, click here. These brush stands will be at the entrances of CALC’s Waldeck Island and Oliver Family Nature Preserve. … [Read more...]

Nice Weather for Walks

Even at 21 degrees, this dog chose to frolic in the creek at the Oliver Family Preserve east of Harrietta. CALC’s preserve is open to the public and a nice place for a short walk on a brisk day. For directions how to get there click here. … [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...]

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...]