Posts Tagged ‘OTG’

OTG: Volunteers Needed for Wildlife this Winter

Whether you’re a veteran OTG volunteer or brand new to the program, check out these great events we have lined up for the winter season. Each of these events is a great opportunity to get outdoors with friends and family and have an immediate impact on Michigan wildlife. Register now at mucc.org/on-the-ground and receive a…

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Registration Open for Upcoming Chainsaw Safety and OTG Events

The OTG program has a great line-up of wildlife habitat improvement projects scheduled throughout 2020, and some of the upcoming events are already posted and open for registration on the OTG webpage. Whether you’re looking to improve your sawyer skills and have an interest in a chainsaw safety course or want to be involved in…

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2020 On The Ground Wildlife Volunteer Opportunities

Interested in attending an OTG event next year? We already have several events scheduled for the winter, spring and summer months of 2020, with many more still being planned and added to the list. Many of these events are family-friendly and educational, and offer each volunteer the chance to learn more about how wildlife is…

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Mark Your Calendar for 2020 Chainsaw Safety Training

Written by Makhayla LaButte, MUCC Habitat Volunteer Coordinator In March 2020, MUCC’s On the Ground (OTG) program will once again host its annual chainsaw safety training. Please see below for dates, locations, and general class information. These classes are designed for beginners wishing to improve their skills, and there is no sawyer certification provided. Priority…

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Happy Thanksgiving from the OTG Program

Written by Makhayla LaButte, MUCC Habitat Volunteer Coordinator It’s that wonderful time of year when family and friends gather to celebrate and give thanks, and I am looking forward to going home to the Upper Peninsula to do exactly that in the coming week. However, before I depart from the office, I want to take…

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State Game Area Highlight: Gratiot-Saginaw SGA

Written by Makhayla LaButte, MUCC Habitat Volunteer Coordinator Comprised of nearly 17,000 acres, the Gratiot-Saginaw State Game Area (SGA) is one of the largest managed wildlife areas in the Lower Peninsula. During its acquisition by the State of Michigan in 1939, much of the land that now makes up the Gratiot-Saginaw SGA was agricultural fields…

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OTG Program Reaches 3,000 Volunteers

Written by MUCC Habitat Volunteer Coordinator, Makhayla LaButte Following an On the Ground (OTG) Jr. event with Morrice Elementary on Wednesday, October 30, the OTG program has reached another volunteer milestone. To date, more than 3,000 volunteers have improved wildlife habitat on public land across the state of Michigan. This milestone comes less than six…

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OTG Jr: Morrice Elementary Volunteers at Rose Lake SGA

Written by MUCC Habitat Volunteer Coordinator, Makhayla LaButte On Tuesday, October 29 and Wednesday, October 30, two groups containing 53 fifth grade students, teachers and chaperones from Morrice Elementary removed large groves of invasive autumn olive and other woody brush from a portion of the Rose Lake State Game Area. The project site was the…

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Grand Traverse Academy Volunteers for Wildlife with OTG Jr.

By Makhayla LaButte On Wednesday, October 23, 70 students, teachers and chaperones from the Grand Traverse Academy improved wildlife habitat in the Traverse City State Forest by planting native shrubs in select openings. DNR Wildlife Biologist Steve Griffith began the project by providing students with an introduction to the history and management of the state…

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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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