August 3, 2013: Improve Public Land Whitetail Habitat in Hillsdale County
Nearby counties: Hillsdale, Lenawee, Jackson, Calhoun, Branch, Washtenaw
Details: Clear fields of debris in preparation for clover planting for whitetail deer, turkey, cottontail rabbits and other small game in the middle of southern Michigan’s big buck country.
August 10, 2013: Rabbitat at Crane Pond State Game Area
Nearby counties: Cass, St. Joseph, Berrien, Kalamazoo, Van Buren
Details: Build brush piles to provide cover for rabbits and other small game. In the winter, we’ll return for a youth rabbit hunt to check out the results!
August 17, 2013: Harsen’s Island Hunter Access & Invasive Species Removal
Nearby counties: St. Clair, Macomb, Oakland, Lapeer, Sanilac, Wayne
Details: Clearing phragmites and overgrown cattails from wetland hunter access routes. Phragmites choke out native vegetation and wildlife habitat.
Sept. 14, 2013: Rifle River Fish Habitat
Nearby counties: Aranac, Ogemaw, Bay, Iosco, Alcona, Gladwin, Saginaw, Midland, Roscommon, Alpena
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)
October 19, 2013: Gaylord Forest Management Unit Crabapple Planting
Nearby counties: Otsego, Montmorency, Crawford, Kalkaska, Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet, Presque Isle, Grand Traverse, Alpena
Details: Planting crabapple trees generously donated to the DNR by the National Wild Turkey Foundation, providing food for deer, turkeys and other wildlife.