Past Events

5th Annual Jack Pine Planting Day

May 5, 2018, Otsego County

_DSC5154The Kirtland’s Warbler Alliance and Huron Pines host an annual event to raise awareness for the importance of the jack pine ecosystem in supporting local wildlife like the rare Kirtland’s Warbler.

“The goal of this event is to help people connect to the Kirtland’s Warbler by giving back. There’s a real sense of satisfaction in doing something concrete to help a species so unique to our region of Northern Michigan. It’s an amazing feeling to think of a Kirtland’s Warbler nesting under the branches of a tree you planted.” – Abigail Ertel,  Huron Pines


Regional Nonprofit Leaders Series: Board Basics

April 18 and 19, 2018
Gaylord and Alpena, MI

Board Basics is a comprehensive introduction to the roles and responsibilities of board members. It’s become a staple of our Nonprofit Leaders Series, which expanded this year to become a Regional Nonprofit Leaders Series with the addition of our new partner, The Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan.

“The workshop is a valuable tool as our participants have come back with a solid understanding of what being a non-profit board member is all about, which has made our organization much more effective at fulfilling its mission.”– Alex Cerveniak, President, Headwaters Chapter of Trout Unlimited

The Regional Nonprofit Leaders Series is presented by Huron Pines with support from Otsego County Community Foundation and the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan.


Nonprofit Leaders Series: Better Stories by Design

December 12, 2017
Gaylord, MI

Every organization has a story to tell. The best stories, the ones we tell over and over again, contain a basic structure that makes them stick. In this final Nonprofit Leaders Series workshop of 2017, attendees learned how to create the compelling stories by following a few simple frameworks. Better Stories by Design, Crafting Narratives that Stick was facilitated by NorthSky Nonprofit Network consultant, Mark VanderKlipp. Mark walked nonprofits through his own experience crafting stories in the field of human-centered design for over 30 years.


Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative Inland Regional Networking Meeting-October 26, 2017
Gaylord, MI

Educators, administrators, nonprofits and community organizations joined Huron Pines and the Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (NEMIGLSI) network for an Inland Regional Network Meeting focused on brining Great Lakes education into the classroom through hands-on learning opportunities.

Thank you to all of the educators and organizations who came out to share their experiences and learn from one another.

Arenac County Economic Development Corporation
Alcona Community Schools
Atlanta High School
Au Gres Community Schools
AuSable Valley Audubon
Cheboygan Middle School
Crawford AuSable School District
Ella White School
Great Lakes Fishery Commission
HeadWaters Land Conservancy
Hillman Community Schools
Huron Pines
Inland Lakes Schools
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Education Department
Michigan Geographic Alliance
Michigan Sea Grant
MSU Extension
Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative
Onaway Area Schools
Oscoda Area Schools
Otsego Conservation District
Pine River-Van Etten Lake Watershed Coalition
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
US Forest Service
Vanderbilt Area School
Wolverine Community Schools

This event was made possible with the support of the NEMIGLSI leadership team and was funded, in part, through sponsorship from the Headwaters Chapter of Trout Unlimited and funding from the Great Lakes Fishery Trust.


A New Pine River: Buhl Dam Removal Celebration

September 21, 2017
Mikado Township, MI

Thank you to everyone who came out to help us celebrate the removal of Buhl Dam.

This project was made possible through joint efforts by Huron Pines, U.S. Forest Service, Pine River-Van Etten Lake Watershed Coalition, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, National Fish and Wildlife-Sustain Our Great Lakes and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Bhl before and after