World Water Day

World Water Day was yesterday. A day founded on the belief of equal access to clean water and dedicated to its conservation. The theme for 2022 is how climate change and water are linked. This is the perfect opportunity to talk about wetlands. Besides the carbon storage capabilities of wetlands, the impact of these communities…

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Volunteer with OTG this Earth Day

Join MUCC’s On the Ground program and the Eaton County Conservation District on Friday, April 22, 2022, as we work to enhance wildlife habitat at the Potterville State Game Area. Volunteers will assist with planting approximately 200 native fruit-bearing shrubs that will provide cover, nesting habitat, and a food source for a variety of species.…

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Kristina Kennedy Joins MUCC as New Habitat Volunteer Coordinator

Hello! My name is Kristina Kennedy and I’m the new Habitat Volunteer Coordinator at Michigan United Conservation Clubs. I grew up in Madison, Wisconsin but spent many summer days exploring the Upper Peninsula and camping on Lake Superior in my family’s old pop-up camper. I always knew my passion for wildlife and the outdoors would…

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The Importance of Brush Piles

  In March, the On the Ground program of MUCC will be hosting two events; hunting blind and shooting lane maintenance in Clare county within the Kleekamp tract of the Gladwin SGA on 03/05/2022 and small game habitat at Gourdneck State Game Area with the Kalamazoo Conservation District on 03/26/2022. At Gourdneck State Game Area…

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Wood Duck Nest Boxes at Maple River State Game Area

Saturday, February 19 from 9 am to 2 pm, MUCC and the Maple River Wildlife Association will be hosting a wood duck nest box event, at the Maple River SGA (State Game Area). We will be placing and performing maintenance of existing wood duck boxes. This will be a great event to attend, especially if…

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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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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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OTG: Behind the Scenes

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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OTG in the Pigeon River Country

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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