For those who would like to be more involved in protecting Michigan's habitat restoration efforts, the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) todayannounced the schedule of volunteer steward activities for the month of March in southwest Michigan state parks and recreation areas.
Volunteers - including Scouts, master gardeners, service clubs and school groups - are invited to assist in the DNR's habitat restoration efforts. Activities in March will focus on invasive, non-native woody shrub removal from natural areas to improve conditions for native species and restore ecosystem function. Targeted invasive species include honeysuckle, autumn olive and Japanese barberry. No experience is necessary and training and equipment will be provided.
Volunteering for these workdays is a great way to GO Get Outdoors, breathe some fresh air, have fun and get a bit of exercise at Michigan's scenic state parks and recreation areas.
Workday dates, times and locations (counties) are:
Saturday, March 1: Fort Custer Recreation Area (Kalamazoo), 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Sunday, March 2: Warren Woods State Park (Berrien), 1-4 p.m.
Saturday, March 8: Ionia State Recreation Area (Ionia), 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Sunday, March 9: Muskegon State Park (Muskegon), 1-4 p.m.
Saturday, March 15: Saugatuck Dunes State Park (Allegan), 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Sunday, March 16: Fort Custer Recreation Area (Kalamazoo), 1-4p.m.
Saturday, March 22: P.J. Hoffmaster State Park (Muskegon), 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Sunday, March 23: Yankee Springs Recreation Area (Barry), 1-4 p.m.
Saturday, March 29: Saugatuck Dunes State Park (Allegan), 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Sunday, March 30: Warren Dunes State Park (Berrien), 1-4 p.m.
Volunteers should bring appropriate clothing for outdoor work (including long pants, boots and gloves) and drinking water. Please contact Heidi Frei at 517-202-1360 or firstname.lastname@example.org for registration or questions about the Volunteer Steward program in southwest Michigan.