Project 1

Saturday, June 7, 2014

This project included more than three-dozen volunteers that helped improve access on a recently- acquired parcel, Hackett Lake Tract, impacting 640 acres. Volunteers gathered an impressive pile of barbed-wire fence, which was not only an eyesore and a potential hazard for those using this 640-acre tract of the Pigeon River Country in northern Michigan, it was also some of the last remnants of a barrier that no longer belongs.

“This is public land and removing those fences – nearly two miles of it – felt pretty good,” said Drew YoungeDyke, grassroots manager for Michigan United Conservation Clubs. “It was a lot of work. But no one complained. This is what we came here to do.”

The group removed the aforementioned fence and also pulled down an array of old No Hunting signs, remnants from the days when the land was privately-owned. The project was a continuation of efforts started in 2011 when an RMEF-led workday started removing some of the debris, abandoned buildings and assorted junk piles left from the days when the land was privately-owned.