Since social distancing orders were announced in March, the field team at Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) has been actively working to encourage Michiganders to continue to enjoy the outdoors while also following public health recommendations surrounding COVID-19. To accomplish this and to fill the gap left by our postponed field season, the field team…

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Spanning the month of April 2020, the On the Ground (OTG) Public Land Clean-Up Challenge gave individuals and families the opportunity to give back to their public lands while recreating outdoors and practicing social distancing. Many individuals shared photographs and short stories about why they have chosen to participate in the effort, often citing a…

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After two weeks and an abundance of good public land stewardship shown by all participants, the OTG virtual public land clean-up challenge officially ends tomorrow, Friday, May 1. We have received lots of great entries and we appreciate everyone who has taken the time to take care of their public lands while continuing to social…

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Our On the Ground (OTG) program launched a virtual public land clean-up last week on April 2, 2020 that includes all state game areas (SGA), wildlife management/viewing areas and Grouse Enhanced Management Sites (GEMS). The goal is to encourage land-users to leave their public land better than they found it and give them a chance…

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In an effort to encourage safe outdoor recreation and the continued stewardship of our public lands, the OTG program is hosting a virtual state game area clean-up beginning Thursday, April 2, 2020.  Getting Involved  The goal of this initiative is to encourage those who are out recreating during this social distancing period to improve their…

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MUCC’s On the Ground (OTG) program has completed more than 150 projects on state land across Michigan since its inception nearly eight years ago. In that time period, more than 3,000 volunteers have improved wildlife habitat through weekend projects in state game areas and forests that involve building brush piles, removing invasive trees, restoring grassland…

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Due to recent announcements and the public health concerns surrounding COVID-19, all Department of Natural Resources and On the Ground (OTG) volunteer events have been suspended for the next two months. This includes all OTG events from now until mid-May. There is a possibility that this suspension will be extended into the summer, depending on…

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On Saturday, March 7, 2020, 14 volunteers helped improve small game habitat in part of the Gladwin Forest Management Unit located in Clare County. Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division (DNR) and MUCC staff introduced the project site and how the DNR has been managing the area to benefit a variety of game species.  The…

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