Open Country Events

Sept. 14, 2013 Rifle River Trout Habitat Enhancement Nearby counties: Aranac, Ogemaw, Bay, Iosco, Alcona, Gladwin, Saginaw, Midland, Roscommon, Alpena … Continued

Sept. 14, 2013

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Rifle River Trout Habitat Enhancement
Nearby counties: Aranac, Ogemaw, Bay, Iosco, Alcona, Gladwin, Saginaw, Midland, Roscommon, Alpena

Official Name of Organization: Michigan On-The-Ground program a partnership between Michigan United Conservation Clubs and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Details: Creating fish habitat (lunker bunkers) by restoring natural stream dynamics by anchoring large woody debris (trees and branches) into eroding riverbanks. (with Huron Pines)

Location: At the southern entrance to the Ranch Campground in the Rifle River Recreation Area, near Rose City.

Contact: MUCC

October 19, 2013

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Gaylord Forest Management Unit Crabapple Planting
Nearby counties: Otsego, Montmorency, Crawford, Kalkaska, Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet, Presque Isle, Grand Traverse, Alpena

ORGANIZATION: Michigan On-The-Ground program a partnership between Michigan United Conservation Clubs and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

LOCATION: The DNR Field Office on M-32 just west of Gaylord.

DETAILS: Planting crabapple trees generously donated to the DNR by the National Wild Turkey Foundation, providing food for deer, turkeys and other wildlife.

CONTACT: MUCC

Oct. 24, 2013

Mount St. Helens Tree Farm Hunter Access Program
The St. Helens Land Access Program is a cooperative effort between many volunteer organizations, Weyerhaeuser, and WDFW to provide additional weekday motorized access to the majority of the Weyerhaeuser St. Helens Tree Farm during special elk permit seasons. Thanks to the hard work of participants, this program has been very successful in providing access to approximately 80% of the St. Helens Tree Farm for the past 6 years.

Volunteers are paired up and assigned to road junctions to direct hunters to open areas on the tree farm. The number of volunteers that sign up is directly related to the amount of land that can potentially be opened up. Because of the volunteer presence, Weyerhaeuser chooses to open much of their land to motorized access knowing there is a reduced risk of dangerous encounters with hunting traffic near active logging operations.

ORGANIZATION: Joint effort between Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Weyerhaueser Timber Company

DATE: Oct. 24 mandatory volunteer orientation

EXACT LOCATION: Cowlitz Public Utility District Office, 961 12th Ave., Longview, WA

LINK: http://wdfw.wa.gov/about/volunteer/sainthelens/

–>Upper Foley Ridge Habitat Improvement

Date: Saturday, November 9th

Time: 9am – 4pm, or when work in area is complete

Where: Meet at the McKenzie River Ranger Station
(57600 McKenzie Hwy, McKenzie Bridge, OR 97413)

Bring: Rain gear (just in case), long sleeve shirt and pants, boots with good ankle support, water, your lunch, gloves, and your favorite holiday treat to share! We could also really benefit from having US Forest certified chainsaw operators on hand. If you’re certified, please bring your chainsaw and proof of certification.

Mission: Cut encroaching conifers, create critter piles, check on previously planted research plots, pull scotch broom and have a blast enhancing wildlife habitat!

Idaho Native Grassland Seed Collection

Date: November 16th and 23rd (more information to come)

Collect sagebrush seed for habitat restoration of burned areas. Administered by Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game.

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April 19: Spruce Planting at Crane Pond State Game Area
We’re planting spruce trees at the Crane Pond State Game Area to provide thermal cover for game species. Sign up!

May 3: Jack Pine Planting in the Grayling Forest Management Unit
We’re partnering with Huron Pines and the DNR to plant jack pines in the Kirtland Warbler management area, which also provide thermal cover and food for game species like whitetail deer and grouse. Sign up!

May 29: Red Oak Planting in Shingleton Forest Management Unit
We’re planting red oaks in the UP to help replace some of the wildlife food mast that will be lost over the coming decades due to beech bark disease, part of a much larger DNR initiative. The next day, we’re doing the same in the Gwinn FMU (below). This would be a great opportunity to camp overnight in the UP and help out with both projects! Sign up!

June 1: Red Oak Planting in Gwinn Forest Management Unit
This planting will help replace wildlife food mast that will be lost to beech bark disease, just outside of the Au Train Wildlife Refuge in an area open to the public for hunting! Sign up!

June 7: Enhancing Hunter Access Trails in the Pigeon River Country (w/ Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation)
We’re teaming up with Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to enhance hunter access trails near Hackett Lake in the Pigeon River Country, on a recent public land acquisition that provides critical elk habitat.

July 12: Removing Aquatic Invasive Plants from Wetlands in Alpena
European frogbit is an invasive aquatic plant that chokes out waterfowl habitat in wetlands, so we’re going to remove it before it spreads too far to control.

July 17: Clinton River Cleanup
We’re partnering with the Metro West Steelheaders to clean up trash and debris from the Clinton River

July 26 or 27: Building Fish Structure at Kingston Lake in the Upper Peninsula
Kingston Lake’s water level is low, so we’re going to take advantage of exposed lake bottom to build and place fish structures that will provide aquatic habitat when the lake returns to normal levels.

August 9: Hinge-cutting for Whitetails at Maple River State Game Area
Hinge-cutting keeps trees alive while putting browse at levels where deer can feed, as well as providing horizontal cover, shelter and bedding areas. Maple River State Game Area provides public access for hunting close to the Lansing metropolitan region.

September 6: Hinge-cutting for Whitetails at Dansville State Game Area
Hinge-cutting keeps trees alive while putting browse at levels where deer can feed, as well as providing horizontal cover, shelter and bedding areas. Dansville State Game Area provides public access for hunting close to the Lansing metropolitan region.

September 13: Clearing Pheasant Openings and Building Rabbitat at Rose Lake State Wildlife Area
This project will clear openings so they can be planted to grasses for pheasant habitat as part of the Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative. We’ll build brush piles at the edges of the opening out of the woody debris to provide shelter for rabbits and other small game. Rose Lake State Wildlife Area provides public hunting access close to Michigan State University in East Lansing and the Lansing metropolitan region.