Posts Tagged ‘OTG’

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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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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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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