On The Ground

Michigan Works Students Get Outside

To wrap up the fiscal year 2018 for OTG Jr, we had the opportunity to do some work close to home.  We brought a group of students down to Camp from Lansing.  Outreach Specialist Hunter Salisbury and I had a chance to work with some non-traditional students who participated in OTG Jr. and an outdoor…

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A New Position in the Education Department. We are Hiring!

The Education Department continues to grow here at MUCC.  This growth means we have the ability to add capacity to the organization.  Through a partnership with Huron Pines, we will be adding an AmeriCorps member to our team during 2019. We are looking to hire an Engagement Specialist starting in January. If you are not, familiar…

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OTG: Shiawassee State Game Area

On May 9, 1951 the Shiawassee River State Game Area was established. Today, the area covers 9,758 acres and is managed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Many recreational and hunting activities are encouraged, and there are a number of habitat restoration and wildlife enhancement projects that take place throughout the year On Saturday,…

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OTG: Updated Equipment and Upcoming Events

The busy season for the OTG program is approaching quickly, and with that comes increased demand on the equipment that is used throughout the projects. The chainsaws used by volunteers were in particularly rough shape, and in definite need of replacing. After thorough research on brands, models and function, it was decided that the Stihl…

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OTG: Lake Interstate with MSU Glassen Scholars

For many college students the summer season is a time to relax and enjoy the outdoors without the worry of school work and exams.  These individuals however, are going the extra mile during their “off-season” to ensure that they are doing their part for the future of Michigan conservation. The Hal and Jean Glassen Scholars program…

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OTG: Manistee River Clean Up

The Manistee River, which is home to a very healthy resident population of game fish species, is located in the northwestern region of Michigan’s lower peninsula. The mainstream of the river spans over 78 miles, and has a drainage area of 590 square miles. The small towns that are situated near the river are home…

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OTG: Clinton River Clean Up

With 120 major rivers in the state of Michigan that canvas over 36,350 square miles, river health and quality is something that we are very passionate about. Since these areas are frequently used for angling and recreation, rivers can quickly fall victim to pollution and littering. With volunteer-based help through our On The Ground projects, we…

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Looking Ahead With OTG

Since our last project at the Grouse Enhanced Management Site (GEMS) that kicked off our Annual Convention, the On The Ground program has been busy at work securing dates and details for upcoming events. Here’s what’s happening for the remainder of July:   Saturday, July 14, 2018 Clinton River Clean Up with Metro-West Steelheaders Yates…

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2018 Annual Convention Recap

Another Annual Convention has come and passed, and with it, we reflect back on the year behind us, the work we have done and the work that lies ahead. As a true grassroots organization, staff at MUCC would like to thank all of our members who helped participate in the process — whether that was…

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OTG: Gladwin GEMS (Convention)

On Friday, June 22, twenty seven volunteers kicked of MUCC’s Annual Convention by gathering at Lame Duck Foot Access Trail in Gladwin, MI to build two board walks.  These structures will aid recreational users and hunters alike in navigating the wet, lowland soils of this Grouse Enhanced Management Site (GEMS). Partners from Michigan United Conservation…

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