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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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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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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Have you ever wondered what goes into creating an OTG project? MUCC and the Wildlife Division of Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), recognize that many people value the game areas and state forests, whether you are hunting, fishing, hiking, birding, or kayaking. We want to give you that avenue to further connect with your…

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On Saturday, August 17, 14 volunteers came out to the Pigeon River Country State Forest to improve wildlife habitat near the Pickerel Lake State Forest Campground. The goal of the project was to perform an “oak release” by clearing out early successional tree species (4 inch DBH or less) that were crowding the canopy and…

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On Saturday, July 20, eight volunteers came out to the Gladwin State Game Area in Harrison to improve habitat for rabbit and small game. This portion of the state game area was recently acquired by the DNR and is beginning to be managed for a variety of wildlife species. Saturday’s project gave volunteers the opportunity…

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August and September OTG Events Saturday, August 3 – Rose Lake State Game Area Join OTG at Rose Lake State Game Area and help us remove invasive honeysuckle that is negatively impacting native vegetation and wildlife habitat quality. This directly benefits the entire ecosystem by removing an aggressive terrestrial invasive, thus enabling native vegetation to…

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Are you a member of RGS, a ruffed grouse or rabbit hunter, or simply an outdoor enthusiast looking to improve habitat in Michigan? Then the On The Ground project at Gladwin State Game Area (SGA) is the event for you! On Saturday, July 20, MUCC is partnering with the RGS and DNR to improve wildlife…

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What better way to celebrate Michigan Wildlife Conservation Month than by volunteering with MUCC’s On The Ground program to complete projects that directly benefit wildlife? July offers an abundance of opportunities to volunteer for the benefit of fisheries and wildlife habitat across the Lower Peninsula. Events for this month include river clean-ups and brush-pile building…

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For the fourth consecutive year, MUCC hosted a Chainsaw Safety Training course provided to members, volunteers with OTG, and the general public. In previous years, Chuck Oslund of Bay College has taught his safety system to groups of 15-35 participants with us. This year, there were 32 participants and instructors included Scott Peterson from SOS…

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