LITTLE TRAVERSE CONSERVANCY A Quarterly Newsletter - VOLUME XXVI, No. 3 - Fall, 2004 Sugar Island Preserve Established A view from a recently acquired tract of land on Sugar Island. The 202-acre tract includes nearly a mile of St. Mary’s River shoreline and is one of four preserves owned by the Conservancy on the island (see map to right). A 202-acre property with nearly a mile of Lake Huron/St. Mary’s River shoreline was recently purchased for protection. The pur- chase was made possible with a significant grant from Professor and Mrs. John A. Woollam and the J. A. Woollam Foundation, Inc. as well as federal wetland protection funds. The island is well known as a hot spot for viewing migratory great gray and snowy owls. The new preserve is primarily composed of shoreline-associated Charles Dawley wetlands which are of vital importance to many wildlife species. The habi- tat is ideal for bird species including spruce grouse (Michigan special con- cern), many duck species, black terns ALSO INSIDE... (Michigan special concern), sedge wren, long-eared owl, and many more. In addi- Bear River Property Protected —2 tion, marshes of the St. Mary’s River are known to be critical as nursery habitat for Land Protected Near Wilderness Michigan sport fish species. State Park —3 “Sugar Island is uniquely situated a short distance from the Canadian boreal forest Trustee Profile —4 in the middle of the St. Mary’s River migration corridor,” said Dr. Tom Allan, Associate Annual Meeting Report —7 Professor of Biology at Lake Superior State University. “Migrating birds hit the island and Summer Photos —pages 9 & 11 From Texas to Michigan —10 find a good mix of habitat appealing to a wide diversity of wildlife.” Special Gifts —pages 12 & 13 The Conservancy currently owns three other preserves on Sugar Island: the 85-acre Director’s Column —14 Pickering Hay Point Preserve, the 38-acre Cook Island Preserve, and the 20-acre Koren Fall Field Trips—back cover Preserve (see map). In addition, the new preserve is in close proximity to large blocks of land owned by the University of Michigan Biological Station. j L A N D P R O T E C T I O N BARGAIN SALE PROTECTS MORE THAN A MILE OF RIVER Bear River Land Protected W hat does the Bear River mean to north- western lower Michigan? The Bear River connects two of our most beautiful bodies of water: Walloon Lake and Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay. In fact, its 12-mile stretch constitutes the largest tributary draining into Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay. The Conservancy is pleased to announce that a bargain sale* from Petoskey residents Ken and Darlene Sieradski has resulted in the permanent protection of more than one of those 12 river miles and 225 acres of Bear River Watershed. An avid outdoorsman who enjoys viewing wildlife with the aid of his dogs and his camera, Ken Sieradski and his family have “Once I got to know the come to know the land better, I realized Bear River that nobody should live Watershed well. Ken recalls a time out there. It needed to when he was follow- stay the way it was.” ing the trail of a –Ken Sieradski bobcat and ended up falling through the ice and into the river. “There I was waist deep in water and the thought that crossed my mind was how beautiful that land was,” Ken said. Soon afterward, he purchased the property with the idea of using it for recreation. “Originally, we thought me might want to build there, but once I got to know the land better I realized that nobody should live out there. It needed to stay the way it was.” photos by Ken Sieradski Dominated by northern white cedar, the property includes a mix of spruce, fir, and tag alder. “This prop- erty provides an important link between the Bear River Swamp region to the north and State of Michigan forest land to A view of the Bear River on property recently purchased by the the southeast,” said Ty Conservancy. The black bear and bobcat were photographed on the Ratliff, Conservancy property by the seller, Ken Sieradski. land protection special- ist. Currently, the property is “The Sieradski property was one of the largest remaining held by the Conservancy and undeveloped private stretches of land still available along the will ultimately either be pro- Bear River, and was identified as very high priority for pro- tected as a nature preserve or sold to the State of Michigan. tection,” Ratliff added. “We should all be grateful that Ken Its location off River Road puts it just minutes from down- and Darlene were willing to think about the long-term bene- town Petoskey and even closer to Walloon Lake Village. One fits of keeping it in a natural state.” stretch of river shoreline on the protected land provides an j excellent entrance or stopping site for canoers. *Sold for a price less than appraised value. 2 L A N D P R O T E C T I O N PURCHASE ADDS TO PROTECTION OF WILDERNESS STATE PARK Conservancy Acquires Strategic Parcel A 142-acre property adjacent to Wilderness State Park land has been purchased for protection through the Conservancy (see map to left). Originally purchased as hunting land by a group of eight shareholders, the group did not want to see the property sold and subsequently split into developed parcels. “This property easily fits into Conservancy priority lands because of its size and because it is adjacent to state land on all four sides,” explained Kieran Fleming, Conservancy land protection specialist. In Charles Dawley addition, Fleming noted that the land provides exceptional wildlife habitat and scenic road frontage in a “wilderness” area. The Conservancy hopes that the newly-protected land will eventu- ally fall into state ownership. j Crooked Lake Marsh Protected with New Preserve Thanks to generous donations from friends of the appraised value). Conservancy and from the US-31 Scenic Corridor Doug Fuller, local aquatic specialist, points out that this Protection Program, the Conservancy has purchased an eco- particular spot merges a diversity of habitat types, making logically significant tract that includes 600 feet of highway the area very attractive to both aquatic and terrestrial life. frontage and 800 feet of Crooked Lake frontage. “Generally, stream mouths are ecologically very important “This tract of land includes the mouth of Round Lake areas,” Fuller said. “They are similar to the estuaries of the Creek,” said MaryKay O’Donnell, director of land protec- seacoasts (the only real difference being that estuaries are tion. “The creek connects Round Lake with Crooked Lake at technically defined by a gradient of increasingly salty water). the top of the Inland Waterway, thus anything that affects it In fact, many of the most important of these ‘freshwater estu- can potentially have an impact on all that occurs further aries’ were used as village sites by native Americans due to down the waterway.” the abundance of fish and game.” In addition to the funders, O’Donnell credits landowners The new preserve is across from the 243-acre Fochtman Jerry and Linda VanTreese with making the project feasible Preserve which was established in 2001 and provides a half through a bargain sale (a sale price less than the property’s mile of protected US-31 frontage near Oden. j 3 T R U S T E E P R O F I L E Building Bridges Jim Bartlett C onservancy’s incoming chair, Jim (J.B.) Bartlett, first of the board since the beginning. They have known what came north following a passion to ski. The oldest of their job is and haven’t tried to ‘drag the train off the tracks’ eight children growing up in the Detroit area, he rel- so to speak.” ished the newly-found freedoms of college and the outdoors. Jim and his wife, Nancy, continue to enjoy the outdoors His love of skiing, combined with a gift for business, result- ed in three decades working with northern Michigan’s ski resorts, primarily at Nub’s Nob where he will be starting his 18th winter as general manag- er this year. Jim has been a Conservancy trustee since 1996. “For me, working with the Little Traverse Conservancy has been one of the most rewarding ways I could volunteer my time,” Jim said. “Generally, most folks feel that the land is the reason we live and work here. It is a ‘sell’ you don’t have to sell.” Land protection, in Jim’s view, is part of a multi-pronged approach that many people are taking to help keep the north country the special place that it is. In addition to his involvement with the Jim Bartlett Conservancy, he is on the West Traverse Township Planning Commission, chair of the with their two children: Drew (21) and Jessica (20). In addi- Harbor Springs Harbor Commission, and on the board of tion to their time on the slopes, the family spends quality HARBOR Inc., a local group that helps build bridges time on annual boating excursions to the North Channel. between the various units of government, property owner “As I’ve gotten older, it has become more important to associations, residents, and others during decision making me to give back to this community,” Jim said. Jim is especial- that affects the greater community. ly grateful to his employer and community icon, Walter “The Conservancy’s work is one piece of the picture. It Fisher, who encourages this giving back. is a piece that works very well because it is positive and “I think we all recognize that the natural beauty of this involves people across the spectrum. It is such a pleasure to area brought and keeps us here. It is about driving north on watch people choose land protection as their answer. US-131 and cresting the hill for that view of the bay. We “What the Conservancy does is right on track. My job is have tremendous challenges ahead of us, but I see a bright not to mess it up. I attribute a lot of its success to the focus future.” j 4 L A N D P R O T E C T I O N Cheboygan River Watershed Partnership Update T he large inland lakes, spring-fed rivers, vibrant wetlands, and deep forests that comprise the Cheboygan River Watershed are the backbone of the local economy and provide numerous recreational opportunities. While these resources are essential, their own attractiveness puts them under threat from continued expansion of residential, commer- cial, and recreational development. Since 2001, the Little Traverse Conservancy has been a key player in the Cheboygan River Watershed Partnership. This collaborative effort brings together the talents of many organizations, including the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, Headwaters Land Conservancy, Huron Pines Resource Conservation & Development Council, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Northeast Michigan Council of Governments, The Nature Conservancy, and the Upper Black River Watershed Restoration Committee. The partnerships created through these groups expand the level of effort and increase overall efficiency. On the land protection front, the Little Traverse Conservancy has been very successful in the Cheboygan River Watershed in recent years. Along with Headwaters Land Conservancy and the DNR, Little Traverse Conservancy has been heavily involved with efforts to reach out to pri- Sheryl Marsh vate landowners around Pigeon River Country. Since 2001, the Conservancy has worked with landowners to protect a total of 2,402 acres, .65 miles of inland lake frontage, and 6.2 miles of stream frontage (includ- ing 4.8 miles on the Pigeon River) throughout the Cheboygan River Many anglers, such as this new angler on the Watershed. Sturgeon River, get their start within the Cheboygan An informational brochure about the Cheboygan River Watershed River Watershed. Partnership is available through Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council by calling (231) 347-1181 ext. 115. j PETOSKEY AREA OPEN SPACE TASK FORCE Study Findings Available After a two-year study funded by the Kellogg Foundation’s People and Land (PAL) program, the Petoskey Area Open Space Task Force has completed a Conservation Plan to guide the commu- nity’s open space protection efforts. The members of the Task Force will present and discuss the plan at a public meeting on Thursday, September 30 at 7 pm in the library conference center at North Central Michigan College. In response to growing citizen concern about the loss of farm- land and open space in the community, Bear Creek Township, Resort Township, the City of Petoskey, and the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians joined together to create the Open Space Task Force. A survey of the public was completed and an over- whelming majority of citizens voiced their concern about the loss of Todd Parker natural land in the Petoskey area and expressed support for a public effort to protect our open spaces. The Conservation Plan includes 14 recommendations to the community to take decisive action to protect scenic views, natu- ral lands, farmlands, and open spaces. j 5 M E M B E R S H I P Todd Parker Membership We would like to welcome the following new members who joined our organization during the period of May 1, 2004 to August 31, 2004 New Business and Professional Ms. Ruth Bellisimo Dr. Lewis Harp Hank and Pringle Pfeifer Members Ms. Catherine Bennett Ms. Barbara Hazelworth Mr. Mark Potter Business Friends and Mrs. Janet Bernard George and Mary Helliesen Lee and Donna Prested Benefactors Wayne and Carole Beuthin Mrs. JoAnn Hewitt Michael and Caroline Pyle First Community Bank Mr. and Mrs. Shaun J. Bezilla Ms. Veronica High Michael and Marianne Raab Site Plannning & Development David and Sharon Biek Mr. and Mrs. John Hoffman Mrs. Brenda J. Ramsby Mr. and Mrs. Ed Boyer Ms. Deborah Horn Mrs. Marianne Ray Business Members Michael and Lisa Brode Mr. Leroy A. Howard Jr. Ms. Amelia Reid Leo's Sports Bar Richard F. and Karen Brown Jr. Stephen and Kimberly Hudolin Charles Otis and Jeff Reider Stone Funeral Home Mr. William Bulger James and Kathleen Huston Mr. Richmond Riggs Waldvogel Insurance Agency John and Barbara Burgdorfer Del and Robin Ingalls Bruce and Linda Riley Thomas A. and Nancy Burke Lambert and Cheryl Johnson Mr. Douglas S. Robinson Individual and Family Members Ms. Julia Caldecott Ms. Rosalynde Johnston Milt and Sheryl Rogers New Friends and Benefactors Ms. Janet Cattel Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Kauper Robert and Marilyn Roll The following are new Friends or Mrs. Catherine Cheff Mr. Mark H. Kelly Ms. Donna Rumely Benefactors, or previous mem- Ms. Ellen W. Child Mr. Joe L. King Ms. Roxana Safipour bers who have moved up to these Dale and Joan Christenson Mr. Scott Kingdon Don and Judith Schneider categories in their annual giving. Mrs. Marilyn Cimmerer John and Kelley Korch Mrs. Aida Schodde Mr. and Mrs. Joseph W. Amy Mrs. Ann McKee Coffin Ms. Anne S. Kuntz Jim and Kathy Schroeder Roy and Patti Barbier Howard and Patricia Colthurst Keehn and Judy Landis Ms. Mariah K. Shafer Mrs. Wallace H. Cole, Jr. Mr. Steve D. Craddick Ms. Phyllis H. Ledyard Mrs. Frances Simmons Mr. and Mrs. Donald C. Cottrell, Jr. Robert and Sydnie Crane Eugene and Arline Lee Bud and Susan Siudara Mr. and Mrs. Millard Cox, III Mr. David L. Cummings Ray and Marybeth Leet Mr. and Mrs. B. R. Smith Mr. and Mrs. John R. Danly Ms. Judith Cummings Pete and Sheri Loubert Ellen Schmier and Sally Soverinsky Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Dean Dave and Patti Dahl Ms. Sandra A. Lozow Edwin and Ruth Strojny Mr. and Mrs. Patrick L. Edsell Nick and Diane Dakins Ms. Mary Lutzenkirchen Bill and Jean Thompson Donald and Diane Ewing Mr. and Mrs. Timothy P.F. Davenport Walter and Christine Lynch Dr. and Mrs. Walter Thomson Ms. Catherine T. Freebairn Mrs. Donna Davis Craig and Laurie Maass Michael and Kim Thoresen Dr. John Paul Jones David and Amy DeGraaf Mrs. Paula Maczka Mark and Francine Thuston Ms. Shelia M. McColley Ron and Nancy DenBesten Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. Marxer Ben and LaVaun Tumminello Mr. and Mrs. Reuben M. Morriss, III Arch and Elaine Dettman Nathan and Molly Matelski Henry and Joyce VanderWerp Thomas and Ellen Noneman Yukimi and Robert Dudd Mr. and Mrs. Richard Mathews Mrs. Mikki Snyder VanVuren Ross and Donna Roberts Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Duke Mrs. Noreen McCauley Mr. Jack Wagner Mr. R. Hamilton Schirmer John and Margaret Emley Joseph H. and M. Kathryn Bill and Sandi Wallace Philip and Ardele Shaltz Jerry and Mary Jean Esselman McCulloch Ms. Emily Warrington Mr. and Mrs. George B. Sloan, Jr. Mr. Victor Fabro Joshua and Mary Jean Meyerson John A. and Marlene Warzecha Mr. and Mrs. Byron W. Trerice, Jr. Mrs. Florence J. Farr Mr. George R. Miller Chris and Nancy Weber Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Troth Richard and Sandi Ferguson Mr. and Mrs. Michael Mincher The Gregory Welch Family Richard English and Christine Files Mr. and Mrs. John W. Moeller Mrs. Jane C. Wells New General Members Fred and Barb Flavell Pete and Carrie Mogavero Ms. Sherri J. Wiegman Mr. and Mrs. Joseph L. Abbott Ms. Karin W. Flint Ken and Dawn Morris Mr. Alan J. Wilhere Ms. Irene Adaline John G. and Jaye Francis Gayle R. Miller and Tom Keith and Karen Williams Ms. Marti Adrian Boyd and Sally Frazier Mroczkowski Michael and Karen Winzloff Mr. Roy M. Alexander Paul and Olga Friedman Ms. Robin Myers Ms. Ruth Worthington Mr. and Mrs. James B. Angell Mr. Charles G. Frurip Mr. Harry H. Nault Tom and Sandy Youngblood Mr. and Mrs. Paul M. Anthony Dr. Richard J. Gardner Ms. Sharon Noffsinger Mr. Victor L. Yowell Pat and Diane Arsenault Mr. and Mrs. Elliott Greenberg John and Nancy Norton Dr. and Mrs. Demetrios Zestos Bob and Teri Bach Jim and Alice Grogan Ms. Tricia Nows Bob and Fran Zielsdorf Dale and Carla Bauer Mr. and Mrs. H. Edwin Gullekson Mr. John F. O'Donnell Zoo de Mackinac, Inc. Sydney and Mary Baxter Dr. Howard Hague Bill and Josie Paddock Bob and Fran Zielsdorf Ms. Jill M. Hanna Ms. Dani J. Peterson Zoo de Mackinac, Inc. 6 A N N U A L M E E T I N G C E L E B R A T I N G 3 2 Y E A R S Annual Meeting 2004 I n celebration of the connection between nature and the arts, this year’s annual meeting was held at the newly renovated Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey. Members were able to enjoy the beautiful exhibits of Ruth Petzold Under the Sea, Paintings from the Manoogian Collection, and the photography and writing of Jay Wright. In addition to reports by staff and board, members were given the first viewing of a new DVD created by Dianne Litzenburger and Randy Calcaterra. The DVD highlights the history of the Conservancy and includes interviews with founding members and donors along with beautiful shots of Conservancy-protected properties. Outgoing board members Mike Cameron, JoAnne Cromley, and Tucker Harris were thanked for their years of service and hours of volunteer time to the organiza- tion. A big welcome to new board members George Jury and Rob Mossburg. George Jury, a long-time Conservancy supporter, previously served on the board in the 1980s. His wildlife sanctuary near Wolverine has been the site of many Conservancy field trips helping to inspire others to nurture and protect wildlife. Rob Mossburg, Harbor Springs resident and owner of The Cottage Company, is well aware of the environmental impacts of home construction and takes extra effort with his own business to give back whenever possible. Most recently, Mossburg used proceeds from an in-town development to go toward the purchase of development rights on a centennial farm just outside of Harbor Springs. Copies of the new The Conservancy extends a huge thank 20-minute Conservancy you to outgoing Chair Dianne Litzenburger. DVD will be available in late In addition to normal “chair” duties, Dianne September. A donation of has played a large role in communications $20 is requested to cover and outreach. Her input has been - and will production, shipping, and continue to be - extremely valuable to the handling. For more informa- organization. j Stewardship Specialist Cindy Mom addresses the tion, please contact the office at (231) 347-0991. annual meeting audience (top photo). A catered lunch was enjoyed inside the Arts Center. Since 1972, the Little Traverse Conservancy has protected: 23,132 acres of land in Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Chippewa, Emmet, and Mackinac counties. This includes: · 70 miles of shoreline · 145 conservation easements protecting more than 10,000 acres · 154 nature preserves protecting nearly 8,000 acres · 46 transfer and assist projects protecting nearly 5,000 acres 7 S A V E t h e T R E E S Fifteen Years of Giving Back T oday, we hear the lament that the younger generations don’t appreciate what they have and are not as charitable as previous generations. We offer an example to the contrary. As a very young adult, Shelagh (Smith) Luplow recognized this area was special because of its natural beauty, and she thought it was all of our responsibility to give back. To that end, Shelagh kicked off the first Save the Trees benefit for the Conservancy in 1989. Since then, the volunteer-driven event and the Conservancy’s only formal fundraiser has raised more than $250,000 for land protection efforts in our region. The 15th annual Save the Trees party was attended by 200 people and raised nearly $17,000 for the Conservancy’s land protection efforts. This traditional event has become a gen- Shelagh (Smith) erous way for the Harbor Springs community to celebrate Luplow in 1989 at land protection in our region. the first Save the Artist Trisha Witty and Conservancy Our thanks to the benefit committee, co-chaired by Trees fundraiser. associate director Tom Lagerstrom Shelagh and Gow Litzenburger, to Trisha Witty who donated next to Witty’s donated painting (top). a painting for special auction at the event, and to all of the local merchants Shelagh Luplow, third from right, shown with and artists who so generously donated toward its success. family members at this year’s event (bottom). 2004 Business Sponsors Business Sponsors Morning Star Jewelry Pam and Bob Moorhead Northern White Cedar Irish Boat Shop Nub’s Nob Shannon and Steve Nolan Ms. Cynthia Ballantyne Graphic Printing NutMeg's Food & Wine Cindy and Jim Peery Mrs.William Barnes, III Gurney’s Harbor Bottle Shop Out to Lunch Laurie Seltenright Mr. Frank C. Bielman Litzenburger Landscape Patricia Wood & Co. Margie and Pat Smith Mr. and Mrs. Ralph R. Carruthers Trisha Witty Polar Bear Ice & Fitness Center Peter Stenger Mr. and Mrs. Mark Townsend Driggs John Wooden Photography Ed Reams Krissie and Dan Verbic Walter and Jane Enterline Roast & Toast Audie and Gill Whitman Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Evans Silent Auction Donors Shepler's Ferry Julie and Bill Zoerhof Mr. and Mrs. Gregory W. Fisher Another Day in Paradise Stafford's Bay View Inn Mr. and Mrs. Gordon T. Ford, Jr. Anchor The Bistro Giving Tree Program Sponsors Arthur and Becky Hailand Bay View Association The Grand Hotel White Pine James and Mary Hammond Between The Covers The Outfitter Mr. and Mrs.Thomas H. Carruthers, IV Mr. and Mrs.Wesley Dean Hovey Birchtree Studio The Original Pancake House Jim Offield and Sujo Parmenter Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey M. Hudson, Jr. Bristly Thistle The Spa at The Inn at Bay Harbor Mr. and Mrs. Donald Kopka Carol Marie Costello Catering The Terrace Inn at Bay View White Birch Mr. and Mrs. John L. Kroha Charlie Paige Tom's Mom's Cookies Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Aikens Mr. and Mrs. Bim Lansill Computer Friendly Services Turkeys Café & Pizzeria Mrs. Lisa Bowman Mrs. Elizabeth C. Larson Cornichons Market LLC Woolly Bugger Peg Demmer and Brad Breuer Mrs. Lawrence W. Lovell Fleming Feirm Michael and Martha Cameron Mr. and Mrs. Russell N. Luplow Gurney’s Bottle Shop Benefit Committee Members Mrs. Catherine Curran Mrs. Harry W. Mellen Harbor Pointe Golf Course Shelagh Luplow, co-chair Ms.Tara Dunne Mr. and Mrs. Michael C. Morey Helping Hands Gow Litzenburger, co-chair Mr. and Mrs. Patrick L. Edsell Mr. and Mrs.William A. Morrow Howe's Candy Haus Debbie and Walker Bagby Mr. and Mrs. John W. Fischer Al and Pat Olofsson Huzza Mike and Martha Cameron Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. FitzSimons Jim and Cindy Peery Island Bean Sarah and Bob Dodge Mr. Fred S. Ford, Jr. Rick and Cindy Portwood Jesperson's Restaurant Mark and Kathy Driggs Dr. and Mrs. Henry H. Hamilton Mr. and Mrs. Eric Rasmussen Juilleret's of Harbor Springs Tara Dunne Brian and Jean Hunt Walter and Toni Robinson Kilwins of Harbor Springs Lesley Fischer Mr. Michael K. McMurray Al Dika and Cynthia Rutherford Lesley Fischer Sis and Walt Fisher Mr. and Mrs. James C. Neff Mr. John F. Schaefer Little Traverse Sailors Debra and Gregg Garver Shannon and Steve Nolan Mrs. Mary Schubert Litzenburger Landscape Jan Gucky Ms. Ruth H. Petzold Mr. and Mrs. Charles Taunt Lorenzo's Italian Restaurant Harley Luplow Bill and Jane Petzold Ms. Place Tegland A Touch of Amish Quilt Shop Tiny and Russell Luplow Mr. and Mrs. Craig R. Sincock Mr. and Mrs.Thomas Titcomb Mary Ellen's Rad and Kate MacCready Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Smith Mrs. David L.Truog David McVicker Yvonne and Mike McCready Mr. and Mrs. Daniel P. Verbic Mr. and Mrs.Van Williams Monogram Goods Dave McVicker Ken and Ginger Winter 8 E N V I R O N M E N T A L E D U C A T I O N “There is a tendency to inform children of the problems concerning the human-nature relationship while failing to share with them its beautiful possibilities.” –David Sobel Fall Outing Calling all Young Naturalists! Please join us for our fall outing: Location: McCune Nature Preserve Date: Saturday, October 16, 2004 10 am-noon Theme: Mushrooming with local mycologist (mushroom expert) Marilynn Smith (look to back cover for the October 2 community field trip also led by Marilynn!) Summer Nature Program Series Big Success! More than 50 young people participated in our summer series of six nature programs in June and July. Visiting six different preserves in Emmet and Charlevoix counties, the programs covered themes includ- ing senses, wildflowers, bugs, sand dunes, habitats, and creative out- door play (see photos to left). Fifteen new members joined the Conservancy’s Young Naturalist Club. This club is open to all 8-12 year olds who live within the Conservancy’s service area of Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Chippewa, Emmet, and Mackinac counties. To find out more, please call our office at (231) 347-0991 or visit our website at www.landtrust.org. Thank you to the following individuals who sponsored a NaturePak this summer: Nature Discovery Boxes and other items are available on loan John W. Fischer throughout the school year. Kathrine & Peter Haensel (in memory of Ann C. Butler) Conservancy naturalists can also Lisa Loyd be scheduled for classroom visits with loan items. To borrow an There are now three paks available for item or to schedule a classroom loan periods of three days. For more presentation, please call Alison or information, please contact the office at (231) 347-0991. Marci at (231) 347-0991. 9 S T E W A R D S H I P SEASONAL INTERNSHIP From Texas to the North Country W hen I first arrived in Michigan, stepped out of my car and realized it was 40 degrees cooler than my home in Texas, I knew it was going to be a great summer! Of course, it way to help me get the most out my time here and have a meaningful, well-rounded and fun internship. I found the work, while sometimes physically demanding, has warmed up considerably since my arrival, but neverthe- to be very rewarding. The opportunities to see the effects of less, I have had a wonderful my work firsthand and to summer experience. expand on my limited mechani- Working primarily with cal know-how were especially stewardship during my intern- valuable. Also, I’ve learned a ship, I’ve gained an invaluable great deal about managing land view into a land trust. Prior to once it is acquired as well as investigating my internship and keeping tabs on land with con- the role of LTC, I really had no servation easements. idea what a land trust actually Now the question is how did, much less what a conserva- am I going to use all this? My tion easement was. Not only do answer is, I don’t know yet, but I now have an extensive under- I’m excited to find out! That standing of both of these said, here is what I think so far: things, but I’ve also learned a first, to educate, inform and great deal about land steward- spread awareness about the ship. I’ve greatly enjoyed being good work that land trusts are able to work outdoors and in doing; and second, to use LTC doing so, getting to know parts as an example to try to make a of northern Michigan. similar difference in other I’ve been told “you don’t places like my home in South have to be crazy to work here, Julie Bollman, a native Texan and student at Austin Central Texas or countless but it sure helps!” While College, experienced a northern Michigan summer other places all over the world “crazy” seems a bit strong, a through a stewardship internship with the Conservancy. that aren’t fortunate enough to great sense of humor does not, have a LTC in their area. nor do “extremely hard working” and “dedicated”, nor “gra- I hope to work with a land trust in the future, though I cious and helpful” and “very passionate about their work.” In know it will be hard for them to measure up to the high my own experience, everyone on staff really went out of their expectations I have acquired from working at LTC . j New Leg added to Stutsmanville Bog Trail A new segment added to the Stutsmanville Bog trail (shown left) was one of the accomplishments of the stewardship crew this past summer. Other activities included: · Removal of a bridge at the Rufus Teesdale Preserve. The materials were reused for a new bridge at the Chaboiganing Preserve. · The accuracy of preserve trails was clarified using the new Global Positioning System. · A portion of the Sleepy Hollow Preserve trail was re-routed. · Boardwalk at the Little Sand Bay Preserve was repaired and increased. · 13 preserve stewards helped monitor and maintain trails and six new preserve monitors joined our efforts. · 12 new logo signs were completed and are being assembled 10 and installed. F R O M t h e F I E L D The Gifts of Nature Preserves G etting outside to enjoy one of the Conservancy’s more than 150 nature preserves is on many people’s “to do” lists for the summer and the fall. Here are snapshots from some of the activities sponsored by the Conservancy in recent months. Clockwise from top left: Local artist and wildlife rehabilitator, Glen McCune, shares information about red-tailed hawks at East Park near Bay Harbor. Forester Dave Wellman explains how the removal of diseased trees and stand thinning will improve the health of the trees at the McCune Nature Preserve near Petoskey. Bikers enjoy a guided tour of a section of the Little Traverse Wheelway that takes them along the Fochtman Nature Preserve between Harbor Springs and Petoskey. Conservancy trustee Dr. Ed Voss led one of his ever-popular botany walks at the McCune Nature Preserve after the annual meeting in August. Left: This work crew cleared a new trail at the 775-acre Round Island Point Nature Preserve in Chippewa County. 11 S P E C I A L G I F T S JOAN ALLEN HAROLD GEARY The gifts listed on these pages were received Mrs. Virginia Austin Mr. and Mrs. John Schmidt June 1 to August 31, 2004 DR. ELIZABETH WHEELER GLENN H. GRIFFIN ANSPACH Bob and Gretchen Breese Ms. Beatrice B. Lynch In memory of Ms. Kelly Hallas Jim and Carol Malzone WILLIAM BECHER Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Trimmer Ms. Mary Bell Gerlach Ted, Sherry, Chris, and Eric James DOROTHY DOWD John and Lynn White Michael and Susan Linton Mrs. Judy James and Family Mrs. Nancy Hoppe Groudis Mr. Tim Schwenk and Family Peter, Jaclyn, and Matthew Lopez HILAND HALL ROBERT MONTEITH ELLIOT Mr. and Mrs. William Valley Robert B. and Janet Ryan Mr. and Mrs. Albert M. Austin, III Michael and MaryJane Clayton Ms. Nancy L. Shepard Mrs. William Barnes, III LES BECKER Michael and Mary Stolt VERONICA FAIRCLOTH Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Carruthers, IV Dick and Charl Gray Mrs. Virginia F. Stolt Dan and Sally Eustice Mrs. Wallace Cole, Jr. HONORABLE Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Thelen Mr. and Mrs. John Fischer and Family Al and Ruth Thomas DAVID FISH WILLIAM A. BERRY Dan and Sally Eustice E. JANE HANNA Mr. and Mrs. Albert M. Austin, III Melissa and Robert Velderman Ms. Sharon Wehrle Mrs. Phyllis Irwin Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Barksdale FRAN FISH James and Joan Kirkman Mrs. William Barnes, III CARL W. COOK Dan and Sally Eustice Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Carruthers, IV Site Planning Development J. DAVID HOWE NANCY FORD Mrs. Wallace Cole, Jr. Graham and Sarah Anne Paton RICHARD S. CRANE Ms. Susan S. Ford Mr. and Mrs. Michael FitzSimons Bill and Barbara Flemming Graham and Sarah Anne Paton JANE HUFFMAN ANN BERGHAUSEN Mrs. Dannie Bea Hightower Jeff and Laura Bennett LUCY ARMSTRONG DAVIS FRIEDMAN Mr. Charles Hollerith Mrs. Robert C. Graham, Jr. WILLIAM HUTTO Mr. and Mrs. Wes Hovey Graham and Sarah Anne Paton Paul and Jean Zerges Mr. and Mrs. James H. Howe, III Mrs. Irene Roberts and Family JAMES NEARE GAMBLE Mr. and Mrs. Jeff V. James Mrs. Catherine Curran DON IRWIN DAVE AND ALYCE DICK Mrs. Emily Laffoon Mrs. Linda K. Ford Fred and Viola Bickley Mr. Robert B. Dick Mr. and Mrs. Archibald McClure Mr. and Mrs. William K. Mrs. William A. Gossett George and Kay Melzow MARGARET DICK Howenstein TIMOTHY IVES Mr. and Mrs. David C. Parrish Mr. Robert B. Dick Mr. and Mrs. William E. Juilleret Site Planning Development Mrs. Elizabeth M. Ross Mrs. Emily Laffoon Mr. and Mrs. David C. Searles SUSAN VERNER JONES Allen and Terry Whittemore Graham and Sarah Anne Paton PIERRE ‘PETE’ BIRON ELIZABETH KAROS Mr. Ronald C. Treloar David and Shirley Roelling ANN CALDWELL BUTLER LEROY KRAMER, JR. Steven Ball and Susan M. Ball Regina and G. Peter Bidstrup William and Treva Breuch Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Carruthers, IV Mr. and Mrs. Strother H. Brann, III Mr. David H. Irish Steve Alexander and Linda Farmer Irish Boat Shop Mr. Conrad L. Gaunt LeRoy Kramer, III and Ernest B. and Donna Rae Gaunt Cynthia M. Kramer Rhea Gaunt Menonaqua Beach Cottage Douglas and Paige Haensel Owners Association Peter and Kathrine Haensel LINDA BROMLEY MOORE MYERS Walter and Betsy Naumer Mr. and Mrs. A.H. Barrows Graham and Sarah Anne Paton Mrs. Irene Roberts and Family LOIS HARTLEY NAAS GEORGE R. CAVELL Mrs. Katherine L. Kan Herman and Betty Beyer LOIS HARTLEY NAAS AND Nancy Bradtmiller MAXWELL NEFF NAAS Vaughn and Nancy Bryson Bob and Mary Jane Rousseau Mr. and Mrs. Robert Cardinal Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Troth Roger and Joyce Clark Nick, Luann, and Julia Crawford MARILYN MILLER PETERSON Doug and Rita Dudley Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Rockwood Mr. Stan H. Fishman TAYLOR PIERCE Joe and Ruth Hoffman Mr. and Mrs. David J. Donovan Family Mr. Hank James 12 S P E C I A L G I F T S CHARLES J. PONTIUS Mr. and Mrs. William Purdy DUANE RHINE Mr. and Mrs. Albert M. Austin, III Mr. and Mrs. John Fischer and Family MIKE RIBESKY David and Susan Ruel MARSHALL RICKER Mr. and Mrs. Don Friend DONNA J. ROSSI Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Rossi, Sr. ALICE ‘WEEZIE’ SCHIRMER photos by Todd Parker Mr. and Mrs. Webb Martin JEAN DERRICK SKAE Ms. Caroline S. Smith Mrs. Elizabeth C. Smith GERALD and EILEEN STEIN KAY BAKER’S 90th Birthday ROXANA SALIPOUR’S Birthday JOAN SEATON WINSTON Mr. and Mrs. David J. Donovan Mrs. Barbara A. Doheny Nancy A. Sheppard and Gordon and Georganne Eggers and Family Mrs. Gloria Frank S. Peter Poullada Dave and Ann Irish Project Gifts ANN L. STOAKES FREDERICK and LUANNE Mrs. Patsy Ketterer Mr. Robert L. Linnenberg SANQUIST’S Birthdays Harbor Springs Greenbelt Program Mrs. Elizabeth Larson MARK TURPEN Mr. and Mrs. Daniel K. Sanquist SARANE ROSS’ 70th Birthday WILLIS and Mrs. Julia T. Barnes Mr. and Mrs. J. Robert Sterling ELIZABETH PETERS SCHIFF’S MARY ANNE BROWN, JR. Regina and G. Peter Bidstrup STEPHEN P. UPHAM, JR. Mr. Willis E. Brown Birthday Ms. Diane Curtis Mrs. Elizabeth T. Magnuson Mr. and Mrs. R. Turner Peters LARRY BUHL’S 70th Birthday Mrs. Druscilla Doehrman WILLIAM VANDERKAAY Mrs. Julia T. Barnes CARLIN SMITH Mr. Tom Dulaney Mr. and Mrs. J. Robert Sterling MI Society of Questers Past Mrs. Joy Austin Files SAM DECAMP Presidents Mr. Arthur G. Hailand ALFRED VERNER Mr. and Mrs. Don Friend Hord and Ann Hardin Graham and Sarah Anne Paton SOPHIA LEMAIRE VERBIC’S Mrs. Hamilton E. James MIKE and MARY CURZAN’S Birth Mrs. Irene Roberts Ms. Mary Cay Jones 40th Wedding Anniversary Daniel and Kristie Verbic Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Keller CRAIG WELKE Earl S. and Elisabeth Zimmerman MARY WHITMORE’S Ms. Barbara Lamb Dan and Sally Eustice HIL and MARILYN FLOREK’S Birthday Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Pierce GERALD WENDELL 50th Wedding Anniversary Mrs. Katherine B. Piper Sally and Ian Bund Linda Crane and Gerry Bloomer Mr. and Mrs. Allen Moberly Miss Jeanette C. Rodemyer Mr. J.W. Murray KELLY WILCOX and CHRIST- Bruce and Sally Teal DAVID and MARY HINZ for their Porsche Club Party IAN MOORE’ Marriage Mr. and Mrs. Samuel A. Trufant GARY WILLIAMS Ms. Shirle N. Westwater Mr. Thomas R. Walton, III Daniel and Linda Casasanta Mr. Jerry Blevins Dr. and Mrs. David Gates DAVID K. WILLIAMS’ John and Mary Lou Tanton BILL HOGLUND’S 70th Birthday 80th Birthday Bill and Jane Petzold Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Keller In honor of EDWIN HULBERT’S 90th Birthday DICK and SHARON ANDREW’S David and Yvonne DeWindt If you would like to remember a special person or occasion, 40th Wedding Anniversary what better way to honor those who appreciate northern JOHN MCMEEKIN’S Steve and Mary Swanson 90th Birthday Michigan than by helping protect the natural diversity that CHARLES and BARBARA Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Supernault makes this area so unique. We accept donations in honor ASBURY’S 50th Wedding Anniversary DR. and MRS. CHARLES MURRAY’S of birthdays, graduations, marriages, anniversaries, and 50th Wedding Anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Tom Soelter East Burt Lake Association other holidays as well as donations in memory of loved DIANE BAILEY and ones. The honoree or their family will be notified of your TY and SARAH RATLIFF TOM TAYLOR’S Marriage Dale Petty and Jeannine Palms contribution, so please include a clearly written address. David and Yvonne DeWindt 13 F R O M t h e D I R E C T O R Reflections... Thomas C. Bailey A s the Conservancy sends Conservancy’s environmental education Conservancy was formed, to file lawsuits good wishes to Marci Birkes, programs, and no value-laden messages against developers around the area. While who has done a wonderful about problems. Instead, there are fasci- they accomplished some important job in our education program and nating outings on snowshoes to learn things, they all were left feeling unsatis- now takes on more responsibilities in about winter adaptations of various ani- fied by the litigation which made more her new position in New Hampshire, mals and to find and follow animal enemies than friends and was very costly we would all do well to remember tracks. There are opportunities to learn in terms of money, time, and energy. By the message she delivered at the why leaves turn color in the fall, to figure contrast, they enjoyed their work much Conservancy’s annual meeting in out how soil is formed, and to find out more once they established the August. what owls eat. There are “discovery Conservancy, which was positive in its Quoting from David Sobel’s book boxes” filled with skins and skulls and focus and in its conservation techniques. Beyond Ecophobia, Reclaiming the Heart in other fun stuff; and there is, always, the So it remains at Little Traverse Nature Education, Marci noted that nega- wonder and enjoyment of nature in Conservancy today. We work with chil- tive messages about nature and the envi- Marci’s work and in the Conservancy’s dren through our education programs to ronment leave children feeling “hopeless programs. foster appreciation and enjoyment of the and disempowered.” The introduction to Reflecting on Marci’s message, I outdoors. We provide thousands of acres the book suggests that “...there is a ten- have a feeling that it’s not just kids who of nature preserves where people of all dency to inform children of the problems concerning the human-nature relation- are turned off by negative messages. ages are invited to roam, to enjoy, to sit ship while failing to share with them its During this election year, I’ve seen more and to appreciate. Our conservation ease- beautiful possibilities.” The book finds than my share of negative images: ments provide homes for wildlife, protect that children don’t respond positively to protests and marches against this issue or scenic views and open spaces for the gloom and doom messages about global that. Attack ads on television. Bumper enjoyment of everyone in our communi- warming, sprawl, rainforest destruction, stickers advocating that we ties, and enable land owners to use their pollution and other environmental woes. “dump” or “stop” or “say no” to this or property rights to protect what they love In order to raise a generation which will that candidate, policy, or position. In the about their land. Our assistance to local grow up to identify with nature and news I see and read about people with government helps them to obtain funding become involved in conservation issues lists of demands, reading declarations of for parks and recreation areas for a public rather than become indifferent to them, opposition to something or other, and that seeks positive experiences in the out- the book explains that we must help chil- dren to develop a positive and healthy threatening to maim and kill people as doors, and places to appreciate the beauty relationship with nature before saddling some sort of measure of their opposition. and natural character of the North. them with messages about ecological All too many times, the maiming and Thank you for your four years of out- problems. killing occurs. I don’t know about you, standing work in our environmental edu- Marci, and her colleague Alison but I sometimes feel like the children cation program, Marci. And thank you, Adams who remains with us on staff, referred to in the book: “hopeless and too, for reminding us in your everyday have done a wonderful job of developing disempowered.” I long for something pos- work and at the annual meeting that it is children’s senses of wonder and enjoy- itive. important to retain our positive focus on ment in the outdoors without all the neg- During a recent two-hour gathering conservation and environmental issues, ative baggage. Our outdoor programs are with five of our Conservancy’s founders, not only for young people but for all peo- designed to fill in school curriculum with the importance of a positive focus was ple. We will remember you fondly, Marci. positive experiences. The programs are reinforced. The founders discussed the We thank you, we appreciate your posi- interesting. They’re upbeat. They’re fun. work they did under the name of the tive spirit and we wish you the very, very There’s no preaching in the Little Traverse Group, before the best. j 14 M I S C E L L A N E O U S W O R K P L A C E G I V I N G Board of Trustees Dianne Litzenburger, Chair through Earth Share of Michigan James Bartlett, Vice Chair John W. Fischer, Treasurer Mark Paddock, Secretary I f your workplace includes Earth Share of Michigan in its payroll deduction campaign, you may consider a direct des- Joanne Arbaugh ignation to the Little Traverse Conservancy. Most work- Bunny Armstrong place giving programs run between September and November, John Baker and make giving by payroll deduction easy and automatic. Jack Batts Terry Gamble Boyer Earth Share of Michigan is part of a national coalition of Ian R.N. Bund environmental and conservation organizations working to pro- George Covington tect our local, national and global natural resources. The Little Marilyn Damstra Michael L. Dow Traverse Conservancy has been a member of Earth Share of Frank Ettawageshik Michigan since its inception. Michael FitzSimons Some local United Ways also include Earth Share of Michigan and its member agencies Jeffrey S. Ford in their list of charities. If your local United Way campaign does not include Earth Share of John A. Griffin Arthur Hailand, Jr. Michigan in its charity listing, you may write-in a donation on the pledge form. Richard K. Hodge For further information about Earth Share of Michigan and its members groups, please Carol Jackson contact them at (800) 386-3326 or at www.earthsharemichigan.org George Jury Lisa Loyd Jan Mancinelli C. T. Martin T H A N K Y O U Harriet K. McGraw Rob Mossburg Dennis Golovich, Bill Henne, John Campbell, and Site Planning for Richard E. Oelke helping us at our Horton Creek workday. James S. Offield Thomas D. Pointner To the following Volunteer Trail Stewards who keep an eye on some of Albert F. Polk, Jr. the Conservancy’s popular trails: Carlin Smith Edward G. Voss Daniel Adams Steve and Jane Horn Charles S. Winston, Jr. Phil Becker Chuck and Margy Murray Joan Winston Mike and Bonnie Brunett Kenyon and Sally Stebbins Nadine Cain Mike Supernault Staff Gretchen Dorian Steve and Connie Vorencamp Thomas C. Bailey EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Joel and Nancy Epstein Jim Ward Judy Harvey Thomas Lagerstrom ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR To Barbara Doheny and Frilly Winnard along with the following peo- Mary Anne Griffin ple from the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) who assist- ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR ed with our summer mailings: Jan Wilkins Virginia Croff Marie Kring ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Norm Cutshall Gloria Krusell Pearl Dally Doris Lark Alison Adams Marci Birkes Jackie Dombroski Winnie MacAlpine ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION Doris Fedus Maxine McDowell Rita Gay Irene Phelps Melissa Hansen Jane Houseworth Iris Walker Cindy Mom LAND STEWARDSHIP Kieran Fleming Elyse Benoche for helping with preserve cleanup. MaryKay O’Donnell Dave Young, Larry Rychlick, Kristin Majkrazak, and Kate Bosket for Ty Ratliff LAND PROTECTION assisting with trail clearing at the Round Island Point Preserve. Field trip leaders Ed Voss, Glen McCune, and Doug Fuller for leading Mikki Snyder VanVuren EDITOR our summer community programs. Anne Fleming COMMUNICATIONS 15 FALL FIELD TRIPS Conservancy field trips are offered free of charge, but pre-registration is requested by calling (231) 347-0991. Todd Parker Fall Mushroom Hike Woodland Ecology of Andreae with mycologist Marilynn Smith with Mike Supernault Saturday, October 2, 10:00 am Saturday, October 23, 10:00 am Colonial Point Andreae Nature Preserve Marilynn Smith has been leading mushroom hikes and work- Andreae Preserve Steward, Mike Supernault, has more than 35 shops in northern Michigan for many years. Join us for one of years of experience as a naturalist and earth science teacher in these popular adventures where we’ll search to see what is Lapeer, Michigan. He has made many other significant contri- blooming, and learn more about edible and non-edible fungus. butions to the environmental field and as steward, has become Mushrooming is an acceptable activity on Conservancy pre- very familiar with the Andreae Preserve east of Indian River. serves and Marilynn can explain the proper way to harvest Join Mike for an informative hike along the trails of Andreae these wonderful wild delicacies. which offer magnificent views of the Pigeon River. Fall Color Hike Walk and Wag Saturday, October 9, 2:00 pm Saturday, October 30, 2:00 pm Goodhart Farm Preserve Johnston Nature Preserve Enjoy the fall splendor as we hike the Goodhart Farms Nature Join the LTC staff and our favorite pooches as we sniff, wag, Preserve located north of Harbor Springs. Enjoy the beauty of and walk the meadows and trails of the Johnston Preserve! The fall in the diversity of woods and meadows provided at this wide trails here allow plenty of space for our furry pals to make 625-acre property. Conservancy staff will be on hand to guide new friends or keep to their own space. Michigan law requires a slow paced, enjoyable walk through this true gem of north- all dogs remain leashed, and the Conservancy prefers we pick ern Michigan. up after our pooches as well. Enjoy this opportunity for the WHOLE family to explore our beautiful north woods. Thank you for supporting your Conservancy through our 2004 Summer and Fall Membership Drive. Little Traverse Conservancy, Inc. Non-Profit Org. 3264 Powell Road U.S. POSTAGE PAID Harbor Springs, MI 49740-9469 Conway, MI 49722 (231) 347-0991 Permit No. 908 Address Service Requested web site: www.landtrust.org This newsletter printed on recycled paper with email: email@example.com 30% post-consumer waste and soy-based inks.
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