Unsung Heroes Remove Dumped Refrigerator

Recently, we discovered that that during our May event at Black River Preserve, while looking for birds, scout leaders Bob Linderman and Terri Perry noticed a big, old rusting refrigerator dumped long ago at the bottom of a hill way in the back of the preserve. What an eyesore!

They quietly organized a group of young men to return and get the fridge out of there. Locating it again was an adventure. Then the guys had to figure out how to get it out.  Once that was determined, they had to carry it up the steep 50-foot hill and at least ¼ mile to get it out of the preserve!

Pastor and scout leader (and photographer) Jeff Dick, of UCC South Haven, emailed us, “These 18- to 26-year-old men deserve the recognition at a time when young men are often seen as not being community minded or willing to do things without a reward. It was a great experience to watch them work.”

Our unsung heroes that day were Alex Davis, Josh Dick, Rick Hutchens, and two others, accompanied by Bob and Jeff.

Thank you all for this incredible act of stewardship! You blew us away!




















Wednesday Workday Warriors . . . July 30

The Saturday workday at Pilgrim Haven Natural Area went well.  A large group of volunteers cut a significant portion of new trail through the wooded area.  This Wednesday, July 30, we will get our chance to see this new little diamond in the rough, and keep up the momentum to get this preserve up and ready for public use.  We will not only clear more of the trail (all of it?), but Mitch thinks our botanist hearts will also want to rescue the nice plants standing in the way.  So please bring a trowel, work gloves, and maybe a couple plastic grocery bags.

Carpool from Meijer at M-43 and 9th St., leaving from the southwest corner of the parking lot at 8:15 am.  RSVPs are helpful.  Because of the length of the drive, we'll be gone longer than usual, so bring your lunch money and ideas for lunch places.

— Kristi

CE Celebration, August 9

Join us on Saturday, August 9, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for the Robert Heuser Conservation Easement Celebration.  A dedication ceremony and tour of the Heusers' 71-acre property will be held at their residence in Lawrence.

Click here for directions and parking instructions.

Please RSVP by Friday, August 1, to our office (269) 324-1600.

Guided Tour of Eureka! August 16

Join us and the Michigan Botanical Club, Southwestern Chapter, for a guided tour of this 342-acre private property in Paw Paw.

Bradford Slaughter of the Michigan Natural Features Inventory and SWMLC's director of land protection, Geoffrey Cripe, will lead a walk through the beautiful floodplain forest on our Eureka! Conservation Easement.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Click here for directions.