Invasive Buckthorn Removal/Stewardship Day

Sep 09, 2023 9:00AM—12:00PM


Gourdneck State Game Area, Kalamazoo County


On Saturday, September 9, 2023, OTG will be co-hosting a stewardship work day with MDNR and the City of Portage Parks and Recreation Department at Gourdneck State Game Area in Kalamazoo County. Volunteers are needed on Saturday, September 9 from 9am to noon. 

We’ll be removing invasive woody vegetation in an effort to help restore a unique prairie fen habitat in the area. A healthy prairie fen has the potential to boast diverse communities of both wetland and prairie plants. Prairie fens also provide suitable habitat for many species of wildlife including rare reptiles like the eastern box turtle which are becoming increasingly rare in Michigan due to habitat fragmentation and degradation.

Please find more event details and register to attend HERE.

Meeting location: Volunteers will meet at the Angling Road parking lot in Gourdneck SGA.

Volunteers are encouraged to bring extra layers, reusable water bottles, work gloves, and a camp chair to use during lunchtime. Bottled water and snacks will be provided throughout the day. These projects will take place rain or shine, unless there is severe weather so please dress accordingly.

Please contact MUCC AmeriCorps member Tyler Lancaster at with any questions regarding this event or the OTG program.