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Volunteers needed for state park workdays

 

Residents are invited to get outdoors this summer and join the effort to restore high-quality, unique ecosystems at several Michigan state parks. The Department of Natural Resources today announced the August schedule of DNR volunteer stewardship activities at state parks throughout southwest and southeast Michigan.

Volunteers will pull invasive, non-native weeds from prairies and remove invasive, non-native shrubs like glossy buckthorn, autumn olive, multi-flora rose and others.

Following is a list of workday dates, locations (counties) and times:

Southwest Michigan

Saturday, Aug. 1: Fort Custer Recreation Area (Kalamazoo), 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Sunday Aug. 2: Yankee Springs Recreation Area (Barry), 1-4 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 8: Muskegon State Park (Muskegon), 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 9: Grand Mere State Park (Berrien), 1-4 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 16: Ludington State Park (Mason), 1-4 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 22: Ionia State Recreation Area (Ionia), 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 23: Warren Woods State Park (Berrien), 1-4 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 29: P.J. Hoffmaster State Park (Muskegon), 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 30: Saugatuck Dunes State Park (Allegan), 1-4 p.m.

Southeast Michigan

Saturday, Aug. 1: Highland Recreation Area (Oakland), 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 2: Pinckney Recreation Area (Washtenaw), 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 2: Island Lake Recreation Area (Livingston), 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 5: Waterloo Recreation Area (Washtenaw), 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 8: Bald Mountain Recreation Area (Oakland), 9 a.m.-noon

Sunday, Aug. 9: Waterloo Recreation Area (Washtenaw), 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 15: Belle Isle Park (Wayne), 9 a.m.-noon

Sunday, Aug. 16: Pinckney Recreation Area (Washtenaw), 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 22: Island Lake Recreation Area (Livingston), 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 23: Highland Recreation Area (Oakland), 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 29: Brighton Recreation Area (Livingston), 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

 

For more detail on the DNR volunteer steward activities, including meeting locations and activity descriptions, please visit www.michigan.gov/dnrvolunteers and click on the link for the Calendar of Volunteer Stewardship Workdays.
Volunteers should bring work gloves, drinking water and appropriate clothing for outdoor work (including long pants and sturdy, closed-toe shoes). For spotted knapweed pulling, long sleeves also are recommended, as some people are sensitive to the plant. All volunteers are asked to register using the form available on the DNR website or via email.
For more on southwest Michigan workdays, contact Heidi Frei at 517-202-1360 or freih@michigan.gov.

For more information about southeast Michigan workdays, contact Laurel Malvitz-Draper at 517-719-2285 or malvitzl@michigan.gov.

On stewardship workdays, volunteers can enter Michigan state parks without a Recreation Passport.

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