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Volunteers needed for winter stewardship activities in southeastern Michigan state parks

Contact: Laurel Malvitz-Draper, 517-719-2285 or Ed Golder, 517-284-6241
Agency: Natural Resources

Jan. 14, 2014

State recreation officials today announced the February schedule of volunteer stewardship workdays at southeastern Michigan state parks and recreation areas. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said volunteers are needed this winter to cut invasive shrubs - an activity that will help protect and restore unique natural areas within these state parks.

Volunteering for these workdays is a great way for residents of all ages to get outdoors, breathe some fresh air, avoid cabin fever, and continue an active start to the new year.

Dates, times and locations (counties) of the workdays are:

  • Saturday, Feb. 1 - Island Lake Recreation Area (Livingston), 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 8 - Bald Mountain Recreation Area (Oakland), 9 a.m. to noon
  • Sunday, Feb. 9 - Algonac State Park (St. Clair), 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 15 - Highland Recreation Area (Oakland), 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 15 - Pinckney Recreation Area (Washtenaw), 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 16 - Brighton Recreation Area (Livingston), 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 22 - Waterloo Recreation Area (Jackson), 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 23 - Highland Recreation Area (Oakland), 1 to 4 p.m.

Volunteers should wear appropriate clothing for outdoor work (including long pants and sturdy, closed-toe shoes) and bring gloves and drinking water.

For details about each workday or to get maps and directions, visit the DNR website at www.michigan.gov/dnrvolunteers and link to the Calendar of Volunteer Stewardship Workdays. All volunteers are asked to register using the form available on the website or via email. Any questions should be directed to Laurel Malvitz-Draper at 517-719-2285 or malvitzl@michigan.gov.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.




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