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Restoration and Habitat Management in the Paw Paw River Watershed
SWMLC, in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy, submitted a proposal to Sustain Our Great Lakes (SOGL) for a new, two-year project for riparian habitat management in the Paw Paw River Watershed. This project has been funded and will begin in late fall.
The SWMLC component of the collaboration is a $40,000 project: SOGL will provide $20,000, and SWMLC will provide $20,000 in cash and in-kind resources. Of the ten project sites, two are SWMLC preserves and three are SWMLC conservation easements. The stewardship management work will focus on approximately 200 acres. 1,700 acres and 8 river miles will be impacted by the work.
The project protects 873 acres and will prevent sediment and nutrients from entering the Paw Paw and Black River watersheds by conserving wetlands and riparian corridors. MDEQ estimates that the impact of our work will prevent approximately 112,000 lbs/year (about 4.5 dump truck loads) of suspended solids from entering the these rivers and, ultimately, Lake Michigan.
To open a pdf of the above map, click here.
To learn more about Sustain Our Great Lakes, click here.
Celebrate the heartiness and hardiness of our Wednesday Workday Warriors, who just closed a stellar ELEVENTH season! They conducted 29 workdays at 19 preserves with an impressive total of 28 different hardworking individuals.
Thank you all for a productive, fun season! If you still need a fix, join up with Mitch's Marauders (see next column).
Join Mitch's Marauders — the intermittent "off-season" arm of the Wednesday Warriors — on Friday, December 6, from 1 to 3 p.m. The Marauders will continue cutting shrubs out of the treeline at Sand Creek Preserve and take down old wire fencing in the treeline. Bring your favorite loppers, hand saws, and wire cutters if you have them.
Email Mitch at Lettow@swmlc.org if you're interested in helping out and to receive any updates regarding the weather, etc.
Painted Sanctuary 2014 Calendar Now Available
Our 2014 calendar, once again, contains photographed reproductions of original art chosen specifically for the calendar. 77 pieces of art created by the Plein Air Artists of West Michigan were submitted in July. A selection committee was formed to choose the paintings, then John Lacko was brought in to photograph the art. Illustrator extraordinaire Amelia Hansen provided the illustrations for each monthly page, and Nate Fuller wrote the accompanying commentary. Richard Jordan added his design magic to come up with our most beautiful calendar yet.
Calendars are now on sale at our office in Portage for only $10. (Add $5 for each calendar if you would like it shipped to you.) They are also available for $10 at: Frames Unlimited (7 locations in Michigan), Kazoo Books (2 Kalamazoo locations), Nature Connection and KIA Gallery Shop in downtown Kalamazoo, At Last in Glenn, Anne's Health Foods in Hastings, Pierce Cedar Creek Institute in Delton, and Love Your Mother in Three Rivers. For only $10, they make great holiday gifts!