Students are helping Huron Pines restore native plant habitat at Charity Island.

Beginning in 2013, the Charity Island Project is an excellent example of partner collaboration for the protection of natural areas and the development of place-based education programs. It is thrilling to see so many partners come together for such a unique place in Michigan, with each group bringing something special to the table and collaborating to continue this project.

One of the main aspects of the project is to protect the coastline of Big Charity Island which is being harmed by invasive Phragmites australis. This invasive species forms dense monocultures that crowds out native species and destroys important bird habitat. For the past two years Huron Pines has conducted treatment on the island, and students from Au Gres-Sims have assisted in monitoring the success of the treatment. As part of place-based education, the students have also helped inventory the Pitcher’s Thistle, a federally endangered species. For more about the Charity Island Project and its partners check out the Charity Island Partnership Agreement.

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