Know your landscape from the ground, up

The massive sheet of ice which shaped Michigan thousands of years ago is long gone but its impact remains. Along the northern Lake Huron coast, the glacier scraped away material right down to bedrock. Further inland, the mile-thick ice deposited huge amounts of earth in rolling hills as it receded. This is the foundation of Northern Michigan’s diverse forest cover. … More Know your landscape from the ground, up

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

Lake Huron Forever Initiative Awards $50,000 to Support Great Lakes Health

Friends of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary received a $25,000 grant to expand their existing “living roof” project to maximize the overall green roof footprint and cover as much available roof surface space as possible with vegetation to reduce the impact of stormwater runoff on the Thunder Bay River and Lake Huron. … More Lake Huron Forever Initiative Awards $50,000 to Support Great Lakes Health

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

What Is Stormwater?

Welcome to the first installment of The Nature of Things, a monthly discussion with Huron Pines on environmental and conservation-related topics. This column is shared with newspapers across Northeast Michigan to help build an understanding within the communities we work in hopes of engaging future partners and volunteers in shared conservation goals. By Chris Engle … More What Is Stormwater?

Huron Pines Coastal Office Opens in Alpena

Ribbon cutting and open house slated for Feb. 19 Huron Pines, an environmental nonprofit organization based in Gaylord, has made a second home in Alpena where it will continue directing its conservation focus toward communities along the Lake Huron coastline. A ribbon cutting with the Alpena Chamber of Commerce will be held at 1pm Feb. … More Huron Pines Coastal Office Opens in Alpena

FROG-BIT CHALLENGE CONTINUES THROUGH SEPTEMBER 22

“We’re so excited that volunteers have already pulled more than 3,500 pounds of invasive European frog-bit from Michigan’s waters through Huron Pines’ Frog-Bit Challenge,” explains Dylan Goodell, Huron Pines AmeriCorps member. “By hand-pulling frog-bit from shallow shoreline areas of rivers and lakes, these caring individuals are helping to keep our Great Lakes ecosystems healthy.” The … More FROG-BIT CHALLENGE CONTINUES THROUGH SEPTEMBER 22