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Volume 4 , Issue 4 Workday at the Sanctuary March 2009 Spring Clean-up hills spring up. Small and accomplish some- animals dig new bur- thing worthwhile while This is a call rows. There’s a lot go- having a good time with to service: ing on in the woods in each other and with na- Members and friends every season. ture. It’s also a good time of the Conservancy, to introduce others to the Our task will be on May 2, at 9:00 a.m. Conservancy and its mis- to restore order to the everyone is encour- sion. So bring along a trails and sites. We aged to report to the friend (or a bunch of want to make them ac- Sutherland Nature friends). cessible and welcoming Sanctuary for a day of to visitors without dis- Please mark your hands-on work and ex- tressing the animals and calendar and join us May ploration. Yes, as we plants that call the 2 at the Sutherland Na- work, we will discover woods their home. ture Sanctuary. We plan things we have not seen to be there from 9:00 before. Even those “Many hands GREAT LAKES BIOREGIONAL LAND CONSERVANCY a.m. until 1:00 p.m. who walk the trails make light work.” (The Lunch will be provided. earliest known written Nature’s Observer regularly are often sur- prised to see that nature use of that statement Please call Mary at is at work even when was in John Heywood’s 810.664.3941 -ext. 3 to we are not there. Ani- book, Proverbs, pub- help us plan for food mals have their own lished in 1546, in case and tools. sense of landscaping. you were wondering.) Look for more informa- Trees grow and some- This is a great opportu- tion elsewhere in this times fall. Limbs come nity for families and newsletter. crashing down. Ant friends to join hands of all descriptions all over the area. The American Wild Lapeer Farmland Trust has made them available to us for Saturday April 25 distribution free of charge Volunteer and/or visit to anyone who asks. The GLBLC booth at Wild BUMPER STICKER County Press and the L A Lapeer on the lawn of the CAMPAIGN COMES View have run a number Lapeer County Historic TO LAPEER AND of articles and notices that Courthouse, Call Peter SURROUNDING the bumper stickers are McCreedy for details 810- COUNTIES available by calling Leo 614-7594 or e-mail him at: Dorr at 810.664.5647. firstname.lastname@example.org Have you seen these The response has been bumper stickers? They It’s a great educational ex- good; however, we think perience for young and old. are appearing on vehicles that we can do better. FARMS FEED AMERICA—America loses over one million acres of farmland to sprawling development every year. We can help save our nations farmland for future generations. • Board of Directors Candace Caveny-Collins • Mary Brown, President Mike Delling • Peter McCreedy, Vice President Peggy Garrigues-Cortelyou • Leo Dorr, Treasurer Steve Steffler • Joe Stock, Secretary Fred Townsend The Sanctuary reflects the dedication of volunteers like you.. Among the features visi- The sanctu- tors will find at the Sutherland ary features a hard- Nature Sanctuary are rock piles wood forest, a pine that remind us that this was once forest and many farmland. Nature has been given other familiar and a free hand here to reclaim the not so familiar trees property after an initial planting as well as a of trees to get things started. meadow, two ponds Lightning strikes however re- and a stream. (Oh, mind us that while nature takes my!) All of which its time in growing trees and fill- provide habitat for ing in the spaces between, some- an abundance of times it acts quickly in rearrang- wildlife. ing things. Protecting the natural features while providing access at SNS Visitors to the Sutherland way. Trails vary in length and Nature Sanctuary have access to are marked with signs and ar- remote ridges and wetlands and rows to assist hikers in choosing several other ecosystems in this a suitable route and in finding 75 acre natural wonderland be- the way in and out. cause of volunteers who have Volunteers continue to created trails, bridges, board- maintain and improve the trails. walks and benches along the How about joining us on May 2? Permaculture Education at the Tibbits Land Stewardship Center LEARNING A BETTER mate, annual and perennial School in Lapeer and two local WAY TO DIG IN THE DIRT plants, animals, soils and water organic farms, Three Roods in AND CARE FOR THE LAND into sustainable communities. Columbiaville and Marsh Haven Twenty-five students from Students will learn to design in Davison. For details about the around the Midwest will gather ecological human habitats and course, visit: at the Tibbits Land Stewardship food production systems in www.midwestpermaculture.com Center in Columbiaville from which wastes become resources, work is minimized and the envi- Pursuing her interest in per- August 8th to the 15th to partici- ronment is restored. maculture, GLBLC board mem- pate in a certificate course in ber Peggy Garrigues-Cortelyou Permaculture Design. The word In addition to camping there and worked with Midwest Permacul- ‘permaculture’ derives from both learning about the Tibbits Land ture to bring this course to the permanent agriculture and per- Stewardship Center, the class Tibbits Nature Sanctuary and manent culture. It strives to inte- will visit the Willows Earth Edu- Land Stewardship Center. grate human dwellings, microcli- cation Center at Chatfield Page 2 NATURE’S OBSERVER Letter from the President Hello Everyone, energy use, while at various times serv- and is looking forward to helping peo- ing as board member, board president ple connect to, nurture and protect their Please welcome a new board and staff. In 2007, she was trained by local land and ecosystems. member, Peggy Garrigues-Cortelyou, Al Gore to give presentations on the to the GLBLC Board. GLBLC is fortu- Welcome, Peggy, and thanks science of global warming and since nate to add Peggy’s dedication and for your willingness to serve on the then has made about 20 free presenta- experience to the mix of attributes that GLBLC board! tions to churches, schools, and commu- make up our board. nity groups. In the next newsletter I will Over the years, Peggy has introduce the newest of our board Currently, Peggy lives in Otis- worked on a variety of environmental members, Steve Steffler. ville with her husband, two teenage issues. She has a certificate in Educat- sons, and two cats. In the two years she Meanwhile, I hope to see ing and Counseling with Nature, and has lived there, Peggy has been volun- many of you at the Spring Clean Up at for several years led nature retreats for teering at the Tibbits Nature Sanctuary the Sutherland Nature Sanctuary on groups that involved increasing the and Land Stewardship Center and has May 2. Until then, enjoy the change, participants’ awareness of their physi- also been focusing on connecting peo- however gradual, of winter into spring. cal and emotional connections to the ple with local organic food and farms. natural world. As the minister at the Sincerely, (Check out the article in this newsletter First Unitarian Universalist Congrega- regarding the permaculture class Peggy Mary Brown tion of Ann Arbor, Peggy worked with is organizing!) Peggy does part-time others to develop a site master plan for GLBLC President ministry with college students at the their 45 acres of land. In addition, University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Peggy was involved with Michigan and also part-time youth ministry at the Interfaith Power and Light, helping Davison United Methodist Church. She religious congregations reduce their is excited to serve on the GLBLC board Among the tasks we will be undertaking at Spring Clean-up Directions to the Sutherland See you there! Trail maintenance Nature Sanctuary: We will be work- Fallen limbs and branches Take Pratt Road (west from M-24 ing on: or east of Hadley) to Diehl Road— Pavilion clean-up South on Diehl Road (Diehl only Butterfly garden Picnic table maintenance goes south from Pratt) Less than a Stone pile Native plants gardens mile to the Sanctuary. Bridge repair GLBLC member Lois Robbins’ new book Lawn Wars subtitled The struggle for a new Lawn Ethic is now available Like it or not, we’re imbed- tion. Difficulties en- tells her own story of heartache ded in the natural world. countered by aspiring and delight. We might as well learn to natural landscapers Available at Amazon. COM, live more harmoniously are explored with wit iuniverse.com and major book- with it. This, part memoir, and factual informa- sellers websites and at part how-to, part problem tion. The rich re- solving book gives histori- wards of making Http://www.lawnwars.net cal context and resources such a shift are de- Lois is also the author of Waking for a new movement that is scribed in sometimes Up in the Age of Creativity. showing up across the na- lyrical prose as Lois VOLUME 4 , ISSUE 4 Page 3 G R E AT L A K E S BIOREGIONAL LAND C O N S E R VA N C Y P O BOX 303 LAPEER MI 48446-0303 Phone: 810-664-5647 FAX: 810-664-5862 On the web at: www.glblc.org Sutherland Nature Sanctuary 810-797-4643 Working to preserve farmland and open spaces through education and conservation Spring clean-up at Sutherland May 2 Everyone has something to give: time—money—ideas..& more GLBLC needs an abundance of each of Register for those things to achieve its purpose of Preserving farmland and open spaces! Spring Clean-up to help us Membership/donation form Please join in the Spring Clean- plan for tools & food: up if you are able. Name______________________ Support GLBLC with dona- Call Mary at 810.664.3941 Address____________________ tions of money, goods, services. extension 3 City/Zip____________________ Share ideas for improving or or e-mail expanding programs. Phone______________________ email@example.com Volunteer at events (i.e. Spring e-mail______________________ Clean-up at SNS or Wild Lapeer). If you have any of the following tools, Membership year is July 1 to June 30 Talk to friends and neighbors please bring them along: about the conservancy. Family dues- $25.00 Hoe, shovel, rake, pruning shears, weed Individual/Student/Reduced - $15.00 Provide encouragement and whip, chain saw. inspiration to the Board. Donations of any amount are appreciated If you have other tools that you think and will be used to advance the mission of Share your expertise. would be useful, bring them along. the conservancy. Send your e-mail address to Leo Dorr You will also need gloves, work shoes at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to cut the Please mail your check along with this and/or boots and insect repellant. form for your dues or donation to: cost for newsletters and other correspon- dence with members by going electronic Hats, long sleeves and long pants are GLBLC,P O Box 303, Lapeer MI 48446 as much as possible. recommended.
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