Frog-Bit Challenge
All Summer Long

Help remove invasive European Frog-bit from the Thunder Bay River Watershed! European frog-bit is an aquatic invasive plant that can grow to form dense mats, restricting the flow of water and preventing the passage of fish, waterfowl and recreational boaters. It also crowds out native plants and shades out food sources affecting fish, birds, and other wildlife.  If left unchecked, this invasive plant could lead to the loss of wildlife diversity and permanently damage this sensitive watershed, its ecosystem and recreation opportunities alike. 

The Frog-Bit Challenge runs 12 weeks; beginning June 9th and commencing on September 1, 2017.  Our goal is to pull a combined total of 20,000 lbs from the Thunder Bay River Watershed, Fletcher Pond, the Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary and Alpena’s sensitive Great Lakes coastline.  

Join the Frog-Bit Challenge today and learn about this invasive plant, how to remove it and prevent its spread. You’ll be provided with the education and tools needed to pull frog-bit throughout the summer. With your help, we can achieve our 2017 goal and best of all, you will walk away as a community leader recognized for your efforts to help restore and protect our watershed and ecosystem.

For more information about this event and the summer-long challenge, contact Huron Pines AmeriCorps Member Wendy Lemon at or call (989) 448-2293 ext. 32. Check out the event flier for more details!



Huron Pines AmeriCorps Signature Service Project – May 19, 2017
Grayling, MI

Thank you to everyone who volunteered with us last Friday! You all accomplished so much and made a real difference in Grayling. Check out our Huron Pines AmeriCorps Facebook page for photos from the day!


6th Annual Garlic Mustard Pull
May 25th 10am-1pm
Rea Road boat access near Foote Dam

Thank you to all of our volunteers, Consumers Energy and the students from Oscoda High School! Everyone had a great time at the event and together we pulled 900 pounds of garlic mustard from the forest!

GM Pull 2017 Group Shot


Kirtland’s Warbler Weekend – June 2-3,2017
Roscommon, MI

The Kirtland’s Warbler Alliance, Huron Pines and our Roscommon community partners want to say thank you to everyone who attended the Kirtland’s Warbler Weekend events! We hope you had a memorable time, we’ll see you next year!

Check out the Kirtland’s Warbler Festival’s Facebook page for announcements on the program and details about the day!

Kirtland’s Warbler Home Opener Sponsors

Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation

Au Sable North Branch Area Foundation

American Bird Conservancy



Tap Takeover
June 8th
Latitudes Tavern, Alpena, MI

Thank you for joining us at the frog-bit pre-event celebration at Latitudes Tavern in Alpena and thank you to the featured Michigan breweries from Huron Distributors:

Austin Brothers (Alpena) 
Kuhnhenn (Warren)
North Peak (Traverse City)
Perrin (Comstock Park)



Each year hundreds of people give their time and energy to volunteer with Huron Pines and participate in hands-on, feet-wet conservation projects all over Northeast Michigan. These projects have stabilized eroding streambanks, replanted young jack pine forest, pushed back noxious invasive plants, improved wildlife habitat and expanded access to recreation in many ways and locations across our beautiful state. These efforts have made important impacts directly on the ground for Great Lakes natural resources, and indirectly by encouraging people to care about protecting wild areas. In 2017, our Woodlands & Waters program will offer a series of fun, active, educational outdoor experiences to connect people of all ages to Northeast Michigan’s amazing natural resources and their conservation.

Not able to make any of the events or have an idea? Contact to discover other ways to be involved.

To ensure that event planners can provide adequate supplies for all participants, RSVPs are kindly requested by email to or by calling (989) 448-2293 ext. 21

Our events are tied to our mission to conserve the forests, lakes and streams of Northeast Michigan.
Our events provide a safe, positive, friendly and helpful learning environment.
Our events engage people with diverse backgrounds and interests, and empower new conservation leaders.
Our events address a real need and have measurable benefits to Michigan’s natural resources.
Our events are inclusive and offer several tasks for participants of different ability levels.
Our events educate community members about ecological issues and methods to solve or prevent.
Our events are connected with efforts of other conservation organizations across the state.