On The Ground

Outdoorama is Next Weekend

It is that time of year again. Time for the annual staff pilgrimage to Novi for Outdoorama. Outdoorama had been going on in the Detroit area for the last several decades.  This year as it has been for the last several it is also hosted at the same venue as the Lakefront and Cottage living…

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Educating Students on OTG and the Kirtland’s Warbler

The Kirtland’s Warbler has been threatened by the decline of its much-preferred habitat, the jack pine forest. The US Forest Service and many other conservation organizations are working hard to help the bird and its habitat. Creating educational materials to present to the public is an impactful way for everyone to get involved. A couple…

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Huron Pines AmeriCorps Growing with OTG

When I was in school at Michigan State University, I became aware of who MUCC was and how active they were in the conservation world.  Although I did not work directly with MUCC while at school, I did work closely with their staff and programs through other internships. This type of connection makes me appreciate…

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OTG: St. Clair Twp. and Shiawassee River SGA Projects

On Saturday, January 19, 2019 volunteers braved the winter storm to build small game brush piles at St. Clair Township State Game Area. The little known area, which is only 110 acres in size, is frequently used for rabbit, deer, turkey, and coyote hunting. Outlying on the perimeter of the farmed area were Boxelder and…

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MUCC Welcomes Our New Huron Pines AmeriCorps Member

Hello, my name is Autumn Christenson and I am the new Huron Pines AmeriCorps member, serving with MUCC for the next 10 months as their Engagement Specialist. This blog aims to tell you a little bit about my background and my Huron Pines AmeriCorps service here at MUCC. Although born in Indiana, I moved up…

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MUCC/HERC Chainsaw Safety Training 2019 Registration Open

Registration is open for the Chainsaw Safety Training course hosted by MUCC and HERC On Saturday, March 30 and Sunday, March 31, 2019 from 8am – 5pm both days, Michigan United Conservation Clubs OTG Program and the Heavy Equipment Response Coalition will be hosting a two day Chainsaw Safety Training program at the Rose Lake…

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Ultimate Fishing Show-Detroit

With the freezing cold temperatures, it can be easy to want to huddle inside and wish for warm summer days again.  However, if you are one of the brave souls who enjoy fishing on the hard water, or chasing steelhead on a semi-frozen river, there is a weekend event coming up you may be interested…

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MUCC Names Amy Trotter Executive Director

Amy Trotter

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 28, 2018 Media Contact: Amy Trotter, 517-331-1909 Yesterday, Michigan United Conservation Clubs Executive Board named MUCC Deputy Director Amy Trotter the next executive director of the organization. Dan Eichinger submitted his resignation and was appointed as the new director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources by Governor-elect Gretchen Whitmer, effective…

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A Year on Education Island

At headquarters, the block of cubicles I work in has been nicknamed Education Island.  There are four cubes separated from the rest of the staff consisting of myself, Camp Director Max Bass, throughout most of 2018 our policy intern Ian Fitzgerald and a 4th cube for the Assistant Camp Director. Education Island is where all…

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Merry Christmas from the OTG program

With Christmas just five days away, I wanted to take a minute to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and thank you, as volunteers, for the time and energy that you have put into the On The Ground program. It truly takes a generous and dedicated group of individuals to set aside personal time…

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