Share your Projects

We would like to hear and share information about your conservation stewardship projects. Send a description of no more than 200 words and up to three photos to rustemr@michigan.gov. We will then post your project to this site so that other scouts can see your efforts to protect and share Michigan's natural resources.


•  Building Brush Piles Creates More than Piles of Brush
  Boy Scout Troop 333 celebrates a successful day clearing brush.In March Boy Scout Troop 333 from Decker, MI spent a day building brush piles on the Minden City State Game Area.  The project accomplished two things.  For one, the bush piles were constructed using invasive species like autumn olive.  Cutting down these invasives helps contain them, slowing or preventing their spread in the area.  In addition, these brush piles create nice habitat for many species of birds and small mammals, like the cottontail rabbits in the area. 
•  Earth Day 2011 Scout Project(s)
  Boy Scout holding garlic mustardScouts from Cub Scout packs 212, 111, 711, and 286, along with Boy Scout Troops 368, 111, 219, 114, and 212 from the Tall Pines Council descended on the Holly Recreation Area for an earth day project.  Working with the organization Hiking Michigan, the scouts improved the park’s trails and worked on removing garlic mustard, an invasive species. The cub scouts working on the garlic mustard filled over 30 composting bags with plants they removed.  In all, the scouts put in well over 200 hours of community service to the Department.
•  Eagle Scout Project benefits Pontiac Lake Shooting Range
  Christopher Chiaravalli of Troop 160For his eagle scout project Christopher Chiaravalli of Troop 160 out of Orchard Lake, completed construction and installation of a Hunter Safety bulletin board at the Pontiac Lake Shooting range. The information board will be used to provide shooter's range and safety information along with posting updates on hunter education information. The project involved 137 hours of service time.
•  Scouts Help Out Holly Recreation Area
  Holly Recreation Area Scouts Project Group Photo.On November 12 over 60 cub scouts along with several boy scouts and their adult leaders converged at Holly Recreation Area to conduct some trail maintenance and trash pick-up. Scouts from Packs 158, 286, 512, 173 and 212 with the Tall Pines Council were represented. The project was designed to fulfill community service time for rank advancement and to meet the stewardship service requirements for the Department's Conservation Stewardship Patch. All totaled the scouts put in nearly 275 hour of service time in to the project.
•  Osprey Platforms by Aaron Rustem and members of troop 763 from Mason, MI
  Scout group at Maple River State Game AreaFor his Eagle Scout project, Boy Scout Aaron Rustem and members of troop 763 from Mason, MI took on the task of building 3 osprey nesting platforms. Two of the platforms were installed at the Maple River State Game Area. One was placed in Unit A west of U.S. 127 and the second was placed in Unit C on the east side of the road. The third platform was given to the Wildlife Division for future use.
•  Cub Scouts Give Back, Earn Award
  Cub Scouts gathered together to receive an award from the DNR.It has been said that if you take care of the land, the land will take care of you. A group of Lewiston area Cub Scouts recently learned this lesson. The scouts partnered with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to clean up the Avery Lake State Forest Campground and make repairs to the High Country Pathway shelter. In gratitude for their hard work, the DNR presented each scout with a Conservation Stewardship Award.
•  Soil Erosion, Invasive Plant ID, and Fishing Line Recycling by Jon-Claude Howd
  Jean Claude Howd eagle scout projectsFor his Eagle Scout project Jon-Claude Howd worked with managers at Seven Lakes State Park on three separate items, including soil erosion control, identification of invasive plants along the park's hiking trails, and the construction and installation of fishing line recycling containers.