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Green initiatives

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Green initiatives

The following are steps we’re taking to help protect Michigan’s natural resources and the environment, and some opportunities for you to join us in these efforts. We’re excited to implement these and other programs as we move Michigan toward a more resilient, resourceful and sustainable future.

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Recycling at parks and harbors

Pack it in, pack it out, and leave those recyclable items in our bins! Recycling opportunities are available in many state parks and harbors.

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Help clean up and eliminate illegal dumping and increase awareness of responsible disposal.

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Volunteer with us

Join a stewardship workday and help remove invasive species that threaten natural areas in parks and along trails.

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Reduce spread of invasives

Learn how to help prevent the introduction of new invasive species and slow the spread of new ones.

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Be wastewater smart

Learn about biodegradable tank deodorizers for campers, and refrain from using harsh chemical-based deodorizers.

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Sustainable boating efforts

Boat shrink-wrap and old fishing line – they’re both recyclable! There is also a program in the works to recycle your old boat.

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Plant a tree and tell us about it!

Join us in our pledge to plant trees. Plus find resources on what kind of trees to grow and how to care for them.

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Energy efficient facilities

We are moving toward greater energy efficiency at our facilities and in our operations. Find out how.

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Renewable energy

Learn how we are working with renewable energy to contribute to the state's energy transition goals.