On The Ground

Behind the Scenes of MPHI

Pheasant season opens in the Lower Peninsula on Sunday, October 20, and thanks to the Michigan Pheasant Hunting Initiative (MPHI), there will be rooster releases at 11 Southern Michigan state game areas throughout the fall season in 2019 and 2020. The legislation that made this pheasant release possible was Public Act 618 of 2018, which…

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OTG Jr. Partners with Lenawee ISD in Chelsea

On Wednesday, October 9, 21 students and three chaperones from Lenawee ISD came out to the Michigan Out-of-Doors (MOOD) Youth Camp in Chelsea to help improve native wildlife and pollinator habitat on camp property. The MOOD Youth Camp is located at Cedar Lake and is part of the Waterloo Recreation Area, and every summer hundreds…

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How OTG Benefits Sportsmen and Sportswomen

Are you a hunter, trapper or angler in Michigan? If so, then be sure to thank an On the Ground (OTG) volunteer for the time and hard work they have dedicated to ensuring your favorite game species or sportfish has the quality habitat it needs to thrive. This year, the OTG program impacted 512 acres…

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OTG: Looking Back and Moving Forward

Now that the summer field season for OTG has concluded, it is time to look back and reflect on the completed 2019 season and begin developing goals and projects for the upcoming 2020 season. However, as I was entering the data into the program, it became clear that our OTG program had a much bigger…

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Checking in on our AmeriCorps Member

Only 38 days left of my service term with Huron Pines AmeriCorps as MUCC’s Engagement Specialist. MUCC never fails to keep me involved, as I have been to six events over the last 14 days. I was as far north as Gratiot/Saginaw county to the Ohio border at Lake Hudson. Here is a recap of…

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2019: Another Successful Year for OTG

The OTG season for the 2019 fiscal year officially came to a close on Friday, September 6 following an event in the Gratiot-Saginaw State Game Area. Now that school is back in session, we have four more events planned for the month of October with our OTG Jr. program. This field trip-based program enables youth…

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OTG at Gratiot-Saginaw State Game Area

Volunteers braved inclement weather on Friday, September 6 to clear up the edges of a dike in the Gratiot-Saginaw State Game Area near Ashley. After meeting at the old DNR field office, volunteers made the short trek to the dike to begin clearing excess woody debris to improve water flow through the wetland. The primary…

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Last Call for 2019 OTG!

Our Friday, September 6 project in the Gratiot-Saginaw State Game Area marks the end of our OTG projects for the 2019 fiscal year. After this, we will host some OTG Jr. events with local schools before our field season quiets down for the approaching hunting seasons. Come out and help us wrap up another successful…

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Consumers Energy Partners with OTG at Rose Lake SGA

Volunteers from Washington, D.C. and Michigan came together Tuesday, August 27  to remove and treat invasive honeysuckle in the Rose Lake State Game Area (SGA) in East Lansing. Michigan United Conservation Clubs’ (MUCC) On the Ground (OTG) program hosted the event with Consumers Energy to aid the company in reaching its planet goals of restoring,…

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OTG: Behind the Scenes

Have you ever wondered what goes into creating an OTG project? MUCC and the Wildlife Division of Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), recognize that many people value the game areas and state forests, whether you are hunting, fishing, hiking, birding, or kayaking. We want to give you that avenue to further connect with your…

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