LANDSCAPE STEWARDSHIP STORIES

Parmalee – The Michigan DNR is balancing recreation, safety and forest health through selective timber harvest at the Parmalee Bridge State Forest Campground. View the full story to learn more.

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Photo: Chris Engle, Irontone Press

Maghielse (family) – The Fiebig family recounts 70 years of family history on their 1,020-acre property along the Au Sable River in Crawford County, including their recent decision to sell the property to the State of Michigan so the unique natural features of this area can be protected and enjoyed by everyone. View the full story to learn more.

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Photo Courtesy of the Maghielse Family

Maghielse (MDNR) – The planned acquisition of the Maghielse property, which is sandwiched between other MDNR properties along the Au Sable River, is an example of the DNR’s effort to consolidate its land holdings, with a focus on contiguous and large blocks of property that have high recreation value. As part of this strategy, the DNR also seeks to sell properties that are isolated and of lower recreation or habitat quality. View the full story to learn more.

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Ivan Witt – Forester Ivan Witt has worked with landowners in northern Michigan for more than 20 years. View the full story to learn how forest stewardship actions that began two decades ago are leading to results on a private forest in Otsego County.

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Photo: Chris Engle, Irontone Press

USFS – Michigan’s Jack Pine Ecosystem was historically maintained by frequent wildfires. In the past century humans have suppressed fire, largely to protect property. Without fire, jack pines cannot reproduce – bad news for Kirtland’s Warbler and many other wildlife species that rely on this habitat. View the full story to learn how the US Forest Service is working with other landowners to manage the jack pine landscape to meet the needs of people and our unique natural features alike.

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Camp Grayling – John Hunt, Environmental Manager at Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center, shares information on sustainability measures and stewardship activities that Camp Grayling is leading or partners on throughout its 147,000 acres. View the full story to learn more.

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Holy Waters – The world-renowned water quality and recreational opportunities on the Au Sable River are intimately tied to the sandy, well-drained soils and land management activities of the surrounding jack pine landscape. Josh Greenberg, of Gates Au Sable Lodge, links these resources to the local economy, which relies heavily on the tourism and outdoor recreation opportunities these resources provide. View the full story to learn more.

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Photo: Chris Engle, Irontone Press

Kids Outdoors Otsego – Kids Outdoors Otsego leads free nature hikes for families in the Gaylord, MI area, instilling an appreciation for nature in the next generation. View the full story to learn more.

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David Sanders – A landowner in Ogemaw County shares stories of land stewardship activities that he’s worked on in partnership with different agencies and nonprofit partners in order to improve forest land for wildlife and personal enjoyment. View the full story to learn more.

Cedars for the Au Sable – Landowners along the Au Sable River can participate in the Cedars for the Au Sable program, which provides affordable cedar saplings and caging materials to prevent damage to young cedars by browsing deer. The program helps ensure that a next generation of cedars will be there long into the future. View the full story to learn more.

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Photo: Chris Engle, Irontone Press

Vanderbilt Schools – The staff and students at Vanderbilt High School are making an adjacent forest their outdoor classroom. Students are creating trails, identifying plants, mapping the property and creating trail markers and interpretive signage. View the full story to learn more about these place-based environmental education activities.

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Photo: Chris Engle, Irontone Press

Upper Black River – The Upper Black River Council functions as a partnership among governmental agencies, nonprofits, and individuals that provide resources for restoration projects in the watershed. View the full story to learn more.

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Jerry Rucker – A landowner on the North Branch Au Sable River explains how his interest in fly-fishing and quality of the river has expanded to the upland jack pine habitat on his property, and how he has found ways to give back through service with various organizations. View the full story to learn more.

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Connections to Home – A volunteer reflects on why public lands mean so much to him, and for the people of Michigan, and gives some tips for giving back to protect the natural resources he enjoys. View the full story to learn more.

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Little Traverse Conservancy – One way to protect land is to own the land. Little Traverse Conservancy holds Nature Preserves as well as Working Forest Reserves. View the full story to learn the difference and for more information about land protection and Little Traverse Conservancy.

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Photo: Chris Engle, Irontone Press

Canada Creek Ranch – Established in 1934, Canada Creek Ranch in Montmorency County features more than 11,000 acres managed primarily for wildlife. The results of their timber harvests, cuttings, and other land stewardship practices are helping maintain healthy game and nongame wildlife populations. View the full story to learn more.

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Hartwick Pines – Due to economic concerns way back in 1893, the Salling-Hanson Lumber Company abandoned an area near Grayling Michigan, leaving about 86 acres of forest unlogged. That chance decision resulted in what is now the largest tract of old growth forest remaining in Lower Michigan. View the full story to learn more about the history of and current events and activities going on at Hartwick Pines State Park.

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Photo: Chris Engle, Irontone Press

Pete – A landowner in Cheboygan County, MI has worked with Huron Pines, private foresters and the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service to plant food plots and do selective cuttings to improve forest heath and wildlife habitat. View the full story to learn more.

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Travis Piper – A landowner along the Pigeon River in Cheboygan County shares how he worked with Huron Pines through a cost-share program to install a sod dock, native plant greenbelt and 600 feet of tree revetment to stabilize an eroding streambank and provide cover for fish and other wildlife. View the full story to learn more.

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Sturgeon in the Classroom – Onaway High School is one of several classrooms in Michigan partnering with the conservation group Sturgeon for Tomorrow to raise young lake sturgeon at school. Sturgeon for Tomorrow seeks to advance education and science related to lake sturgeon and assists agencies and nonprofits in helping protect this species. View the full story to learn more.

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Photo: Chris Engle, Irontone Press