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 Leads Day of Service to Spruce up Vanderbilt School Forest

Over 100 volunteers came together at Vanderbilt Area School on May 21 for a Day of Service to enhance the school grounds and school forest through landscaping, tree planting and trail building. Each spring the Huron Pines AmeriCorps program leads a day of service for AmeriCorps members from across the region to come together to support a community project. … More Huron Pines Leads Day of Service to Spruce up Vanderbilt School Forest

Student-Led Stewardship Builds Community Connections

When students gain a deeper understanding of the natural resources in the places they live and have connections to, it sets the groundwork for lifelong stewardship. Giving students ownership to drive projects and have a direct and positive impact on their environment strengthens their sense of place and responsibility for their community’s natural resources now and into the future. … More Student-Led Stewardship Builds Community Connections

Take on Invasives: Japanese barberry

In areas where it takes hold, Japanese barberry outcompetes every other plant. This means the flowers, trees and shrubs that provide pollen, nutrients and habitat which support native wildlife don’t have a chance to grow. Left unmanaged, barberry forms a thicket, upwards of 6 feet tall, of snarled and thorny branches. Once it spreads, it grows without interference because its thorns keep deer and other wildlife at bay. … More Take on Invasives: Japanese barberry

Planting Trees for Water Quality, Climate Resilience

Volunteers made quick work of planting 55 trees at Herman Vogler Conservation Area in Rogers City May 1. Huron Pines led the event alongside Presque Isle Conservation District, which manages the 270-acre recreation area northwest of Rogers City. Twenty-five volunteers planted trees to improve water quality and establish a forest that’s more resilient to climate change. … More Planting Trees for Water Quality, Climate Resilience

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

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