Help FENd-off invasive buckthorn with On the Ground!

On Saturday, September 9, 2023, On the Ground (OTG) will co-host another stewardship work day with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) and the City of Portage Parks and Recreation Department at Gourdneck State Game Area (SGA) in Kalamazoo County. Volunteers are needed on Saturday, September 9 from 9:00 AM to noon to help…

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On the Ground: Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for a fun, family-friendly way to connect with your public lands? Come out and volunteer for wildlife with On the Ground this summer! Click below to view our upcoming events: Saturday, July 15 – Annual Manistee River Clean-Up with Steelhead Manifesto, Manistee County – Register HERE Saturday, August 26 – Mast-Producing Tree and Shrub Planting at…

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Gain an EDGE over habitat loss by volunteering to improve edge habitat with On the Ground

Port Huron State Game Area (PHSGA) encompasses over 7,000 acres of land throughout Grant, Clyde, and Kimbal townships in St. Clair County. PHSGA provides diverse habitat types such as forests, grasslands, wetlands, and floodplains. Due to this diversity, PHSGA offers habitat for many game species such as deer, turkey, woodcock, and on occasion, ruffed grouse.…

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Spring is on the horizon, end your hibernation by volunteering at an upcoming On the Ground project

March 20 marks the first day of spring. With warmer weather on the horizon, what better way to combat the winter blues than improving Michigan’s natural habitat with On the Ground? There are multiple opportunities to volunteer with OTG this spring – from watershed clean-ups to building brush piles and edge-habitat enhancement, OTG welcomes volunteers…

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White Oak Initiative: The TREEmendous importance of White Oak

Oak trees are keystone species, meaning that entire ecosystems depend on them. From providing food through their acorns or acting as habitat for wildlife like birds and small mammals, oaks are an important part of Michigan’s habitat. One species in the oak family is the white oak, these trees are prized for their strength and…

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Volunteer with OTG at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute this Month

Join MUCC’s On the Ground (OTG) program in partnership with Pierce Cedar Creek Institute in removing invasive woody vegetation that is encroaching on rattlesnake and box turtle summer breeding and nesting habitat in Hastings. The project unit is about 1.5 acres of oak woodland where invasive autumn olive is encroaching on rattlesnake and box turtle…

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Avoiding Dump Sites

MUCC’s On The Ground Program is dedicating the month of July to clean-up events. There are many dump sites located across Michigan. Not only do these dump sites injure wildlife, but they also leach harmful chemicals, provide a breeding ground for pests, and increase the chance of flooding and fires. Properly disposing of your trash…

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