Ways to Recreate Responsibly in Winter

Huron Pines is part of the Michigan Recreate Responsibility Coalition, a group of more than 50 agencies, businesses and nonprofits developing and sharing best practices to protect each other and our natural landscapes. We’re brought together by a mutual love of the outdoors and a desire to help everyone stay safe outside and protect the places we play. … More Ways to Recreate Responsibly in Winter

Q&A with Huron Pines AmeriCorps Member Nicolas Theisen

This is the fourth and final in a series of conversations with our 2020 Huron Pines AmeriCorps members. We talk highlights, takeaways, and what their average days have been like in a not-so-average service year. Ever drawn to water, Nick Theisen relished the days he spent monitoring the quality of Northern Michigan streams by collecting and identifying aquatic insects. … More Q&A with Huron Pines AmeriCorps Member Nicolas Theisen

Scarzo Retires After 23 Years with Huron Pines

Jill Scarzo joined the staff in 1997 as a part-time assistant when Huron Pines was based in Grayling and had one full-time employee. In her role at the front desk, Scarzo has been the face of the organization for volunteers, partners and prospective donors. For those who have called the office, stopped by or attended a volunteer event hosted by Huron Pines over the last two decades, Scarzo was likely the first to greet them. … More Scarzo Retires After 23 Years with Huron Pines

Our Wildflower: Protecting the Rare Habitat of the Dwarf Lake Iris

The official wildflower of the Great Lakes State is right at home anywhere it can get its feet wet along the rocky coast of Northern Lake Huron, but those places are getting harder to come by. This pint-sized perennial is known for its deep blue flowers that emerge mere inches above the ground for a fleeting few weeks in May and June. It’s a bit of a miracle this fragile flower exists at all. … More Our Wildflower: Protecting the Rare Habitat of the Dwarf Lake Iris

A Few Good Things (and the Obvious Bad Ones) About Ticks

Let me lead off with a “good” fact about ticks even though it involves another one of Michigan’s maligned creatures: A single opossum can eat thousands of ticks every season. Say what you will about the opossum, whose leathery tail and scraggly fur strike a chord of disgust in some people, but the thought of … More A Few Good Things (and the Obvious Bad Ones) About Ticks