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My Town Walker: Learn how to live off the land during May 15 workshop

My Town Walker: Learn how to live off the land during May 15 workshop

WALKER, Mich.—Learn how to live off the land more efficiently by attending the Spring Wild Edibles workshop at Blandford Nature Center next month.

On Thursday, May 15, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., a Blandford naturalist will walk participants through Blandford’s forest to show them how plants have been used for sustenance for centuries.  Visitors will also get a chance to sample some of this season’s wild greens.

The workshop is $3 for members and $6 for non-members. Registration is required.  To sign up, call (616) 735-6240.

My Town: Blandford Nature Center joins Garlic Mustard Pull campaign

My Town: Blandford Nature Center joins Garlic Mustard Pull campaign

WALKER, Mich.—Blandford Nature Center is joining a nationwide campaign to pull 300,000 pounds of garlic mustard this Sunday.

The Stewardship Network Garlic Mustard Pull will be April 27, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Volunteers are invited to come to Blandford and do their part.

Participants should meet in the green learning lab, located across the parking lot from the main visitor center.  Blandford workers will first share information about identifying Garlic Mustard and other invasive plants before heading into the forest to start pulling the leafy invader.

Volunteers should come dressed in warm clothes and sturdy shoes that could get dirty.  This event is free and open to the public; no registration is required.

My Town Walker: Volunteers needed for invasive plant culling April 12

My Town Walker: Volunteers needed for invasive plant culling April 12

WALKER, Mich.—Community members are invited to help cull an invasive species at the Blandford Nature Center on April 12.

Glossy Buckthorn is an ornamental plant that has taken over, polluting waterways and preventing frog development.  During an Eco-stewardship Service Day, Blandford Nature Center will teach volunteers how to identify non-native shrubs and trees like buckthorn, before sending them out to cut and treat these unwanted invaders.

The event runs from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.  Participants are asked to come prepared to work off the trail, with warm clothes and study shoes that can get dirty.  For more information, visit the Blandford Nature Center website.

My Town: Blandford Nature Center joins Garlic Mustard Pull campaign

My Town: Blandford Nature Center joins Garlic Mustard Pull campaign

WALKER, Mich.—Blandford Nature Center is joining a nationwide campaign to pull 300,000 pounds of garlic mustard this spring.

The Stewardship Network Garlic Mustard Pull will be April 27, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Volunteers are invited to come to Blandford and do their part.

Participants should meet in the green learning lab, located across the parking lot from the main visitor center.  Blandford workers will first share information about identifying Garlic Mustard and other invasive plants before heading into the forest to start pulling the leafy invader.

 Volunteers should come dressed in warm clothes and sturdy shoes that could get dirty.  This event is free and open to the public; no registration is required.

My Town Walker: Invasive plant culling April 12

My Town Walker: Invasive plant culling April 12

WALKER, Mich.—Community members are invited to help cull an invasive species at the Blandford Nature Center on April 12.

Glossy Buckthorn is an ornamental plant that has taken over, polluting waterways and preventing frog development.  During an Eco-stewardship Service Day, Blandford Nature Center will teach volunteers how to identify non-native shrubs and trees like buckthorn, before sending them out to cut and treat these unwanted invaders.

The event runs from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.  Participants are asked to come prepared to work off the trail, with warm clothes and study shoes that can get dirty.  For more information, visit the Blandford Nature Center website.

My Town: Friends of the North Bank Trail to pursue trail building grant

My Town: Friends of the North Bank Trail to pursue trail building grant

CROCKERY TOWNSHIP, Mich.—  A group supporting a new trail connecting Spring Lake to Coopersville is moving forward with its grant request.

On Tuesday, Friends of the North Bank Trail released this map on Facebook, showing where the proposed 18-mile pathway would be created. The North Bank Trail would connect the Spring Lake Bike Path to the east end of the Musketawa Trail. 

Crockery Township recently sought support from Coopersville, Walker and other nearby communities to apply for a grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund for Phase 2 of the trail.

My Town: City appoints Grand River restoration committee

My Town: City appoints Grand River restoration committee

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The City of Grand Rapids has taken the next step in restoring the Grand River, from Lamoreaux to Millennium Park.

Collabarating with Grand Rapids Whitewater, the city this week appointed 22 people to serve on a newly formed Grand River Restoration Steering Committee.  The panel of local leaders will guide efforts in restoring the Grand River and its riverbank, make sure river studies and projects are effectively communicated, garner support for restoring the river, encourage fundraising and explore potential long-term management options for the river.  The steering committee will advise the city commission on any projects tied to the Grand River.   However, final decisions will be made by commissioners.

The steering committee is composed of: