State Game Area Highlight: Petersburg SGA

Located less than twenty minutes from the Ohio border and hardly an hour from the heart of Detroit, the 616-acre Petersburg State Game Area in Monroe County is a favorite location of many outdoor enthusiasts in Southeast Michigan. Known for quality small game and upland game bird hunting opportunities, this state game area is also…

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On the Ground Volunteers Invited to Take Program Survey

With more than 3,300 volunteers involved in our program and more than 165 wildlife habitat improvement projects completed, the On the Ground (OTG) program has impacted wildlife habitat on public land across Michigan since its inception in 2013. As we look back and review the past nine field seasons, we are compiling data and reports…

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On the Ground: MUCC Partners with NWTF and Camp Grayling to Continue Northern Michigan Wildlife Openings Enhancement Project

On Saturday, October 2, 2021, Michigan United Conservation Clubs’ On the Ground (OTG) program partnered with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and Camp Grayling to plant 100 mast-producing trees throughout multiple openings within Camp Grayling. A group of 31 volunteers met at the Grayling DNR Field Office Saturday morning before traveling as a group…

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The Benefits of Planting Trees in the Fall

If you’ve been following Michigan United Conservation Clubs’ (MUCC) volunteer habitat improvement program, On the Ground, you’ve noticed that our volunteer events in spring and fall are often dedicated to planting native trees and shrubs. While planting in the spring is common and expected, many volunteers are interested in learning about why we plant trees…

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On the Ground: September Wildlife Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer with Michigan United Conservation Clubs’ (MUCC) award-winning On the Ground (OTG) program this September as we host habitat improvement events across the state of Michigan. Volunteers of all ages, skill levels and interests are welcome to join MUCC and our partners to restore prairie habitat and plant native trees, shrubs and wildflowers. Such efforts…

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MUCC’s OTG Gearing Up for a Busy Summer and Fall Habitat Improvement Event Season

Volunteer for wildlife with MUCC’s award-winning On the Ground (OTG) wildlife habitat improvement program. Founded in 2013, more than 3,200 Michiganders have volunteered for the wildlife and lands they love at habitat projects hosted across the state. A free lunch and OTG volunteer appreciation gift are given to every registered volunteer.  In late summer and…

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On the Ground: 2021 Habitat Events Update

While there are currently no On the Ground (OTG) wildlife habitat improvement events scheduled for the early summer months, we are beginning to schedule our late summer and fall events. Such events will include grassland habitat restoration, native tree and shrub plantings, hunter access trail improvements and a river clean-up. These events are scheduled to…

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On the Ground: 2020 Year in Review

Despite limitations early in the field season due to COVID-19, the On the Ground (OTG) program was still able to improve habitat across the state of Michigan during the 2020 fiscal year (October 2019 through September 2020). While a typical field season usually includes 20-25 habitat projects, the OTG program hosted eight in 2020. Volunteers…

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