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Volunteers needed to plant new habitat

CRAWFORD COUNTY – Huron Pines and the Kirtland’ Warbler Alliance are joining forces with volunteers to create a new habitat for the Kirtland’ Warbler. If you want to help, and get a behind the scenes look at the conservation activities keeping our public lands healthy for all of the great Northeast Michigan outdoor activities we love, consider attending the Jack Pine Planting Day near Frederic on May 7.

The jack pine ecosystem is incredibly important not only to the Kirtland’ Warbler, but also to other species in the region. The dense undergrowth of young jack pine stands provides habitat and shelter for the snowshoe hare, and the sandy soil is ideal for the insects that provide food for both the trout of the AuSable River and the Kirtland’ Warbler.

This event, held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. near the intersection of County Road 612 and Manistee River Road, is designed for volunteers of all ages and backgrounds. The group will plant over 2,000 trees in teams of two, so organizers advise being prepared for moderately strenuous activity. With the unpredictable weather in Northeast Michigan in early May, proper dress is necessary, along with sturdy boots and gloves.

Coffee and snacks will be provided on site as well as a discount at a local Crawford County restaurant for lunch afterwards. RSVPs are kindly requested by emailing rsvy@huronpines.org or by calling 989-448-2293 ext. 10. Partners in this event include Saving Birds Thru Habitat, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and Fairmont Santrol.

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