2021-2022 Huron Pines AmeriCorps Program Positions are Open

The 2021-2022 Huron Pines AmeriCorps(HPA) positions have been posted, and Michigan United Conservation Clubs(MUCC) will once again be a host site. If you are unfamiliar, “The Huron Pines AmeriCorps program has been developing leaders in conservation in communities across Michigan since 2007. Huron Pines AmeriCorps members strive to enhance Michigan’s natural resources and foster environmental…

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Clean-up Event on Sugar Island

A habitat clean-up event on Sugar Island netted more than 4,000 pounds of trash from two dumpsites on July 17. The event, sponsored by Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) On the Water (OTW) program in partnership with the Bay Mills Indian Community, required a ferry ride across the St. Mary’s River near Sault Ste. Marie…

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Upcoming River Clean-up Opportunities

Michigan United Conservation Clubs’ field programs are committed to improving habitat and creating memorable stewardship experiences for volunteers. On the calendar are two upcoming volunteer river clean-up events that aim to improve the aquatic habitat of two noteworthy Michigan rivers.  Manistee River Clean-up  The Manistee River is one of Michigan’s Wild and Scenic Rivers and…

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An Introduction to Trail Building

Once you’ve done a day of trail maintenance, you’ll never look at trails the same way.   This was one of the many lessons imparted on me when I went to participate in a sustainable trail building design training with the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy(GTRLC). The training was for members of the Huron Pines AmeriCorps(HPA)…

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Great Volunteer Events in Sault Ste. Marie

MUCC’s On The Water program is coming to Sault Ste. Marie.  On Saturday, July 17, MUCC is partnering with the Bay Mills Indian Community for a trash clean-up event on Sugar Island. Volunteers are needed to help remove trash from two identified sites on the island. Volunteers will meet at 8:30 in the morning at…

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Resources for Understanding Invasive Gypsy Moths

Gypsy moth caterpillars are an invasive species that negatively impact the health of many species of trees.  In the past week, an abundance of information has been published by many sources about the gypsy moth. Such information includes its introduction and range, its impact on trees such as oak and aspen, and what can be…

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Volunteers Needed for Summer On The Water Events

Michigan United Conservation Club’s On The Water(OTW) program is excited to announce two upcoming volunteer opportunities this summer!  Since its inception in 2019 the OTW program has served as a MUCC’s aquatic habitat improvement program and hosted volunteer events that have helped remove over 8665 pounds of trash from lakes, rivers and parks across Michigan.  …

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A Great Day with Snakes

There are few feelings quite exhilarating as seeing a rare and threatened wildlife species in the wild. Your adrenaline kicks into high gear, everything else seems to stop and you are completely transfixed by its movements. I can attest this is what happened the first time I saw an Eastern massasauga rattlesnake.  I was fortunate…

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A Week To Remember

The week of May 17-23 was a non-stop week for the Huron Pines AmeriCorps(HPA) program. It began with members gathering outdoors at the annual HPA Camp, which took place this year near Tustin, Michigan. For the first time in this AmeriCorps term, I got to be amongst all of the other HPA members, and it…

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