Take on Invasives: Garlic Mustard

Picture a carpet of vegetation so dense that your legs become lost in a sea of green as you wade through the forest. The woodland wildflowers that used to bloom here are no more, lost to a flood of invasive plants. Gone too are the diverse insects that once clamored over every blossom and propagated those beloved native flowers. What’s left are trees and an understory of nothing but garlic mustard. … More Take on Invasives: Garlic Mustard

Huron Pines Receives $200,000 Consumers Energy Foundation Planet Award

Huron Pines awarded $200,000 through the Consumers Energy Foundation’s Planet Award to help launch the Protect Wild Places program empowering Michigan communities to support land and water by partnering with Huron Pines to restore 5,000 acres of wildlife habitat and recreational land and 150 miles of waterways and Great Lakes shoreline. … More Huron Pines Receives $200,000 Consumers Energy Foundation Planet Award

There’s No Place Like Home: Protecting Our Favorite Places

Through thoughtful prioritization, planning and execution, Huron Pines protects and restores some of Northern Michigan’s most iconic places including the jack pine plains of the Au Sable River, the dunes of Negwegon State Park, the shores of Lake Huron and the depths of the Pigeon River Country State Forest. … More There’s No Place Like Home: Protecting Our Favorite Places

How Communities are Driving Conservation

Our vision for the future of natural resource protection is conservation driven by engaged, empowered communities. Decades of experience have taught us that the most sustainable environmental impact is born out of collaborative partnerships, whether they are with a city council, a watershed coalition or a classroom of high school students. … More How Communities are Driving Conservation

$2.5M Project Underway to Protect Nearly a Mile of Lake Huron Coast

Northern Michigan conservation nonprofit, Huron Pines, became the new owners of a 145-acre parcel of Lake Huron property that is slated to become an Alabaster Township park in the coming years. The property, just south of Tawas City, includes nearly a mile of Lake Huron frontage. The natural shoreline, mature hardwood forest and wetland ecosystem work together as a filter to help protect the water quality of Lake Huron and support diverse plant and wildlife species. The property also promotes economic and recreational interests. … More $2.5M Project Underway to Protect Nearly a Mile of Lake Huron Coast

Alcona Students Build Benches for Huron Pines Nature Preserves

Visitors to Huron Pines’ two nature preserves now have a quiet place to sit, reflect and observe their surroundings thanks to the craftsmanship of students at Alcona High School. Students in the Geometry in Construction shop class built 11 wooden benches which now reside at Hubbard Lake Nature Preserve and Emily Min Hunt Preserve. … More Alcona Students Build Benches for Huron Pines Nature Preserves

Ribbon Cutting Celebrates Emily Min Hunt Preserve in Presque Isle County

Friends of Huron Pines gathered at Emily Min Hunt Preserve on Tuesday afternoon for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the newly installed parking area and signage there. The 428-acre nature preserve was donated to Huron Pines in March 2019. … More Ribbon Cutting Celebrates Emily Min Hunt Preserve in Presque Isle County

Coastal Fens and Carnivorous Plants of Northern Michigan

The northern shores of Lake Huron are home to teal-blue waters, sun-bleached coasts of ancient bedrock and plants that eat meat. The thin soil found here contains very few nutrients, so plants like butterwort, bladderwort, sundew and pitcher plants have adapted to life in this rugged habitat by eating insects, much like the well-known Venus flytrap of the eastern United States. … More Coastal Fens and Carnivorous Plants of Northern Michigan

Our Wildflower: Protecting the Rare Habitat of the Dwarf Lake Iris

The official wildflower of the Great Lakes State is right at home anywhere it can get its feet wet along the rocky coast of Northern Lake Huron, but those places are getting harder to come by. This pint-sized perennial is known for its deep blue flowers that emerge mere inches above the ground for a fleeting few weeks in May and June. It’s a bit of a miracle this fragile flower exists at all. … More Our Wildflower: Protecting the Rare Habitat of the Dwarf Lake Iris