Keep an eye out for more opportunities to improve wildlife habitat in your most treasured public land areas coming up in August. Volunteers with MUCC’s Wildlife Habitat Improvement Program have completed 17 projects throughout the state for the current cycle already, but there will be a handful more projects in August and September. So far this cycle, a total of 402 volunteers have collectively dedicated over 98 hours to the restoration of 445 acres of wildlife habitat on public land! Thank you for your contribution to conservation! Keep up to date with the latest wildlife habitat improvement events at www.mucc.org/ontheground.

5-14-2016_(8).JPGWHEN:  August 11, 2017, at 9 am – 2 pm

WHERE: Inspiration Point-Pigeon River Country State Forest

On Friday, August 11th at 9 AM, we will be joining the NCCC Crew in the Pigeon River Country State Forest to complete a restoration project at Inspiration Point. We will be cutting down remaining trees in the area (aside from Hawthorne) up to about 6 ft in height. Loppers and handsaws will be used to cut the small trees and a stump treatment will be applied as well. A prescribed burn was conducted in the area this spring to knock down woody vegetation; volunteers will be cutting what the fire missed.

All tools, safety gear, water and lunch will be provided for volunteers as well as a free T-Shirt. Please contact stopp@mucc.org with any questions and RSVP here to volunteer for wildlife in the Pigeon River Country!


5-6-2017_MDNR_(6).JPGWHEN: August 26, 2017, at 9 am – 2 pm

WHERE: Melstrand GEMS

On Saturday, August 26th at 9 AM we will be meeting at the Melstrand Kiosk off of Hwy 58 located Northeast of Munising (GPS Coordinates: 46.451306, -86.432694). We will be planting 150 trees and shrubs donated from the Alger County UP Whitetails. The Ruffed Grouse Society’s AVS Machine will be on site and will present an opportunity for a demo nearby after the event. Various groups such as Ruffed Grouse Society, UP Whitetails, Michigan Sharp Tail Association and MUCC will be collaborating on this project.

There will be a group camping for the weekend near Gemini Lake (or at one of the several campgrounds nearby) for the weekend running dogs. There is good Ruffed Grouse habitat near by and Sharp tail cover not too far from there as well as great trout fishing. Everyone is invited and welcome to camp for the weekend with the group.

Please contact stopp@mucc.org or Jesse Zimmerman at jessejames23@gmail.com with any questions and RSVP here to volunteer!


8-7-2016_(6).JPGWHEN: September 23, 2017, at 9 am – 2 pm

WHERE: Grayling State Forest

On Saturday, September 23rd at 9 AM, we will be meeting at the Truck Stop on 4 Mile Rd (exit 251 off of I-75). We will be partnering with the Department of Natural Resources, the National Wild Turkey Federation, and Camp Grayling for this project under their Wildlife Habitat Grant.

We will be planting 60 trees; all holes will already be augured and the trees will be sitting next to each hole along with one bag of manure and one bag of top soil to be mixed into the hole.  Volunteers will need to roll the trees into the planting holes and dump the soil amendments and then tamp down.

Shovels, gloves, bottled water, lunch, and a free T-shirt will be provided for all volunteers by MUCC! Please RSVP here to volunteerfor tree planting in the Grayling State Forest!


MUCC’s On The Ground Program is supported by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division

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