Outdoor enthusiasts invited to help harvest native seed and restore habitat at state parks in southwest Michigan

Contact: Heidi Frei, 269-685-6851, ext. 147 or Ed Golder, 517-335-3014 michigan-camping
Agency: Natural Resources

Sept. 25, 2013

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Parks and Recreation Division recently announced the October schedule of volunteer stewardship activities at southwestern Michigan state parks and recreation areas – a great opportunity to get out and enjoy these natural spaces and help protect habitat. Volunteer workdays offer campers, park users and others a way to GO-Get Outdoors, breathe fresh air, have fun and get a bit of exercise – all while enjoying the state’s scenic fall landscapes.

Activities vary by park and include invasive shrub removal and native seed collection. Native seed collection is one easy way for families, students, Scouts and service clubs to take part in the restoration process, because collected seed is used for restoration activities within the park. No experience is necessary; training and equipment are provided.

Workday dates, locations (counties) and times are:

Volunteers should wear appropriate clothing for outdoor work (including long pants and sturdy, closed-toe shoes) and bring gloves and drinking water. Registration (forms available on the website) is preferred but not necessary. Large groups are strongly encouraged to register. Please contact Heidi Frei at 269-685-6851 ext. 147 or freih@michigan.gov for registration or questions about Volunteer Steward workdays.

The DNR’s Volunteer Steward program is part of the Parks and Recreation Division, Stewardship Unit’s mission to “preserve, protect and restore the natural and cultural resources present within Michigan state parks for this and future generations.”

To get information about the activities at each workday, find directions or park information or check the Volunteer Steward calendar of events, visit the DNR website at www.michigan.gov/dnrvolunteers and link to the Calendar of Volunteer Stewardship Workdays.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.

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