On the Ground (OTG) and OTG Jr have a busy April and May to look forward to! Next week, MUCC’d Education Director Shaun McKeon and I will be hosting an OTG Jr event with a group of 30 home-school students from Genesee County in the Lapeer State Game Area. The group will be improving wildlife conditions in the areas Central Unit by cleaning up two large dump sites along Byers Rd. The group will then participate in an archery session on site. Take a look at the events and their descriptions below. Please RSVP if you plan to volunteer for any of the upcoming OTG events!
UPCOMING OTG EVENTS:
April 10, 2018 Lapeer State Game Area (OTG Jr)
On Tuesday, April 10th from 9am-2pm a group of Home-school students from Genesee County will be improving wildlife conditions in the Lapeer State Game Area by cleaning up two large dump sites along Byers Rd in the areas Central Unit. The group will then participate in an archery session on site!
On Saturday, April 21st from 10am-2pm, volunteers will be planting 300 tree seedlings in 3-gallon pots at the Crane Pond SGA DNR Field Office. These trees will be monitored and cared for until they are large enough to plant in wildlife openings in the area to provide browse and thermal cover for the area’s wildlife-see more details and RSVP to volunteer here!
On Sunday, April 22nd from 9am-3pm, volunteers will be planting mast producing trees in openings and along roads in the Huron-Manistee National Forest near Baldwin, MI. This project is partnered with the National Wild Turkey Federation. See more details and RSVP to volunteer here!
**EVENT POSTPONED** tentatively to Saturday, April 28th from 9am-2pm, volunteers will continue wildlife habitat improvements in the area by building brush piles for rabbitat. This project has been completed in the region each year since the start of the program in 2013!
May 2, 2018 Gagetown State Game Area (OTG Jr)
On Wednesday, May 2nd from 9am-2pm the Reese Out of Doors Club will be completing a wildlife habitat program for the fifth year in a row with OTG Jr. The group will be planting 900 shrubs along a roadway in the Gagetown SGA. The Club has purchased a portion of the trees, while 600 of the trees were generously donated by Cold Stream Farm to make this project possible!
May 19, 2018 Grayling State Forest
On Saturday, May 19th from 9am-3pm, volunteers will be pruning apple trees in a state forest land orchard. These trees will produce soft mast (apples) for the areas wildlife including deer, bear, turkey, grouse and small game. More details to come.