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The Rogers Family Homestead Preserve


									                                                                                                    Winter 2007-2008
                                                                                                     Volume XXIX No. 4

  Rogers Family
Homestead Preserve

         sk Marguerite (Rogers) Stokes what year she was

                                                              Charlevoix so they transferred to another
         born and she’ll tell you: “1909…You do the math,”    sailing ship that took them to the mouth
         quickly followed by a warm smile that makes you      of the Jordan River. Then they took a
want to make a cup of tea and stay for the afternoon. With    canoe to what is now the boat landing on Rogers Road just
the pleasure of such company, there’s so much to be           outside of East Jordan and a short walk from their new home.
learned: What crops grow best in a floodplain? What year           In February of that year, the young couple needed supplies.
did the last one room school in the county close? Who         The story goes that Samuel ice skated all the way to Charlevoix
married whom? But what most stands out in Marguerite is       to retrieve flour, bacon, and salt (more than 16 miles all told).
her deep love of the land that has been in her family for     The couple had five children and the family made a living at
nearly 140 years. There’s something about the land that       first farming with oxen and, in later years, with Clydesdale
has kept the family returning to it, over and over again      horses. Eleanor would spin the wool from their sheep and
throughout the years. And she is satisfied to know that 86    made socks for Samuel until they were both in their 80s.
acres of that land are now permanently protected as the       Hay has always grown abundantly.
Rogers Family Homestead Nature Preserve. The new                   The youngest of the children was Samuel E., Marguerite’s
preserve lies along more than a mile of the Jordan River.     father, born in 1881. Samuel E. began the second generation of
     It was Marguerite’s grandpa, Samuel G. Rogers who        beef, pig, and dairy operations. But World War II made the next
first set up the original homestead moving there from         line of succession unclear. “I had one brother who wanted to
Ontario. To do so, Samuel traveled to Traverse City and       keep the land farming, but he never returned from the war,”
chose 80 acres along the Jordan River off the map.            Marguerite explained. While Marguerite and, later, her husband
According to the family, it took several days of searching    Donald Stokes, had helped with the farming before the war, the
for survey markers until he found the correct spot. Crops     meat operation was discontinued in wartime and she and
were planted, land was cleared, and a cabin built by the      Donald moved down state where Donald worked on essential
end of September, 1869. He then returned to Canada to         war materials.
bring his new bride, Eleanor, back to the land. Eleanor was        But the call of the North was too strong. As soon as the
barely 17 years old and when they arrived in October, the     armistice was declared in 1945, the Stokes returned to the
ship that brought them was too big to continue past                                                         continued next page
Land Protection

continued from cover
Valley with four-year-old Carolyn and eight-year-old
Roger, living in the farmhouse.
     “Donald didn’t like the factory work at all and I came
up with the idea that we needed to keep the farm, which
was just fine with him,” Marguerite said. Marguerite had
a vision of herself returning north to be a farmer. “Not a
farmer’s wife…a farmer!” she emphasized. But soon she
was asked to replace a teacher who had become ill, and
Marguerite continued teaching in the East Jordan
community for many more years.
     Roger Stokes spent the summers of 1944 and 1945 with
his grandparents on the farm and he can remember working
outside the day they heard the church bells ringing to
declare the war’s end. He recalls a youth of hunting, fishing,
trapping and planting Christmas trees, some of which still
stand today. “I loved the farm and learned to love the out-
doors in general,” Roger said. After college, he recognized
                                    the difficulty of making a
                                    living on the land and
                                    chose a career that took
                                    him out of state. But he
                                    always hoped that some-
                                    how the farm would stay
                                    as it was.
                                            Carolyn remembers
                                    having the run of the             The Rogers Family Homestead Preserve is shown in relationship
                                    land and knowing “pretty          to adjoining nature preserves.
                                    much every speck of it.”
                                    After meeting in college, she and her husband Bill Ashley first lived in New England. But
                                    again, the Jordan Valley called and the Ashley Family finally came back to the region to stay,
                                    at first living in the village of East Jordan. After Donald died, Marguerite remained on the
                                    farm and kept varying aspects of it going. But as the upkeep became more difficult, the fami-
                                    ly came up with a good plan that brought Carolyn and Bill permanently back to the home-
                                    stead to live and care for Marguerite. As part of this arrangement, Bill is able to pursue a
                                    life-long dream as a ceramics artist with his shop just down the road.
                                          “When the torch was more or less handed to us to carry on, we were first a bit over-
                                    whelmed,” Bill said. “But I have found a home here. My spirit is comfortable here. My roots
                                    have been planted here.”
                                          Acknowledging what a painstaking decision it was to determine the land’s future, both
                                    the Ashley and Stokes families feel that working with Little Traverse Conservancy to create
                                    the nature preserve was the right fit for them. “The integrity and straight forwardness of the
                                    staff made all the difference to us,” Bill said. As a family, we are very happy with the situa-
                                    tion as it is now and we thank LTC for enabling us to protect this beautiful piece of land for
                                    future generations to enjoy.”
                                          In addition to thanking the families, Little Traverse Conservancy acknowledges the
                                    following for making this project happen: the J.A. Woollam Foundation, several funds from
                                    the Charlevoix Community Foundation, North American Wetland Conservation Act
                                    program, Taylor Endowment Fund, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas McMullen, Jasam Foundation,
                                    Mr. and Mrs. Michael Dow, Frey Foundation, and American Commercial Lines.
                                    Top left: Eleanor and Samuel G. Rogers first homesteaded much of the land that now
                                    composes the nature preserve. Middle: Carolyn (Stokes) Ashley shown around age 6 with her
                                    calf. Bottom: Marguerite and Donald Stokes (right) shown with Samuel E. and Maggie Rogers
                                    (Marguerite’s parents) at their 50th wedding anniversary.
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                                                                                                             Land Protection

 This is How
                                                                                                                  EMMET COUNTY

 This Land
 Should Be
    t doesn’t take long to be captivated by the

I   land, especially on a brilliant “jeans and
    fleece” fall day. Almost entirely wooded, the
rolling hills of Red Tail Woods hold many sweet
surprises, most that aren’t readily apparent at first.
Head down one trail and you’ll land at a small
trout pond where Peter O’Rourke’s young grand-
sons play and fish. Try another trail and you’ll
come upon a small art studio log cabin perched
alongside a creek spanned by a bridge hand built
by Peter. Yet another trail takes you on a circular
journey through pine and spruce plantations –
comfortable needle-cushioned walking terrain.
     “It kind of just gets into you,” Peter says
explaining why he first chose this land and now
plans to stay here for the rest of his life. A semi-
retired attorney, he purchased the northern
Emmet County property in 1992 after traveling
north for year-round vacations since he was very
                                                        Above: Peter
young. A residence was built the following year,        O’Rourke walking
and since then the other features have been             one of the many
lovingly added, including a small barn for his          beautiful trails
three horses. Now he is familiar with the land’s        on his property.
rhythms. “I think this property is so beautiful         Right: Thunder,
and so unique, it needs to be protected,” he said.      Pallas de Aeneas,
     “The O’Rourke property lies directly adjacent      and Berber.
to another 160-acre private property protected with
a conservation easement, making its protection a high
priority for the Conservancy,” said Kieran Fleming, the
Conservancy’s director of land protection. Situated roughly
20 minutes from Harbor Springs, it still feels rather remote,
but new construction continues to creep northward from                 Emmet Conservation District, and the C.S. Lewis Festival.
town. Peter’s conservation easement will limit all new future          He is also a Contributing Artist with the Crooked Tree Art
construction to one small building envelope, the location of           Center.
which is predetermined within the easement.                              “My respect for our environment, wildlife, and nature is
     An adventure seeker (he co-founded the Michigan                   met with the placement of this easement,” Peter said. “My
Mountain Bike Association) Peter’s love of the outdoors                daughter Katie (who works for the Western Reserve Land
began during his early years at boarding school and summer             Conservancy in Cleveland), my son Peter (an environmental
camp. He also served to the rank of Commander in the U.S.              consultant who is a partner in Red Tail Woods) and their
Coast Guard Reserve and has traveled around the world with             spouses fully support the gift. It will enhance the life of
various athletic pursuits. Today, he is very involved in the           many in the future. The land captures you like Franz Peter
local community serving on the boards of North Central                 Schubert’s Symphony #3 in D Major played by the Great
Michigan College, the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, the               Lakes Chamber Orchestra!”
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Land Protection


  Addition to Wendy
  O’Neil Preserve Purchased
                                                                               A 40-acre property adjacent to the Wendy
                                                                               O’Neil Nature Preserve was purchased by
                                                                               the Conservancy this past fall. The property
                                                                               expands the preserve to a total of 162 acres
                                                                               adding sensitive wetlands and important
                                                                               wildlife habitat. This preserve is often visited
                                                                               by researchers and students from the University
                                                                               of Michigan Biological Station because of its

                                                                               unique wetland attributes. A leadership grant

                                                                               from the Schoenleber Foundation helped

                                                                               make the purchase possible.

   Protecting Scenic Road Corridor
           wo neighboring landowners have donated conservation

    T      easements over their scenic properties that lie along the
           Boyne City-Charlevoix Road. The newly protected properties
    are located on 560 feet of road frontage across the road from the new
    Lake Charlevoix Farm Preserve. “A conservation easement has been
    a goal of our family for more than a dozen years, said Sara Gay
    Dammann. “These woods are magical to us, we treasure them as part
    of the family, treasure the opportunities to walk and escape into
    another world.” Sara Gay hopes that their conservation will “create a
    snowball effect” and help inspire others to do something with their
    land. “We know that all the forested and natural stretches along the
    Boyne City Road are a vital part of the quality of life here and hope
    our neighbors will join us in creating more conservation easements
    and ensuring that all of this is here for generations to come.”          Neighbors Marilyn Morehead and Sara Gay Dammann
         Sara Gay’s neighbor, Marilyn Morehead, feels the same way.          protected 10 acres and 560 feet of scenic frontage
    A member of the Hayes Township Planning Commission who                   along the Boyne City-Charlevoix Road corridor.
    was highly involved in the protection of the Lake Charlevoix Farm
    Preserve, Marilyn is more than happy to do her part. “I want to preserve the future of this place forever and am
    thrilled to take one more step towards that.” Marilyn has been a Little Traverse Conservancy supporter since the
    1980s. “It is wonderful that the Conservancy can be a vessel and a tool for increasing the pool of lands that will
    remain in a natural state for all time.

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                                                                                                                        Land Protection
                                                                                           Newly Purchased
                                                                                                                        MACKINAC COUNTY
Brothers Protect
more than 127 acres
of Mackinac Bay                                                                              (conservation easements)

       rothers Terry and and Bill Rudd have honored the

B      more than 120 years that their family has had a
       presence in the Les Cheneaux region by protecting
their family land along almost a mile of Mackinac Bay/Lake
Huron. Sixty acres of the land will remain in their private
ownership protected through donated conservation ease-
ments. Sixty seven adjacent acres of land were sold to Little
Traverse Conservancy and added to the William B. Derby                    to take conservation measures because
Nature Preserve.                                                          they realized that after they were
     The Rudd family’s Michigan roots date back to the 1880s              gone, the taxes would be uncapped
when Joshua and Elizabeth Rudd first came from Ireland to                 and there was a high likelihood that
the Pickford area. Their son, Edward, became the caretaker                the property would have to be sold.
at the Les Cheneaux Club on Marquette Island where he                     Under recent legislation, property
worked for more than 30 years. Upon retiring, Edward and                  taxes on private properties protected with conservation ease-
his wife, Bertha, built a home on Mackinac Bay where they                 ments have their taxes capped, making it easier to pass family
resided until they died.                                                  land on to descendents.
     Raised on Marquette Island, Edward and Bertha’s four                      “We all feel like this is an incredible win-win situation
children enjoyed a unique childhood. Edward Jr. (Bill and                 and now that it is all said and done, we are ecstatic,” Bill said.
Terry’s father) would often go to mainland property that was              “All of the land remains pristine and we are able to keep some
owned then by William Derby, a good friend of Edward and                  of it in the family. The Mackinac Bay area woods and water
Bertha’s. As a young boy, Edward Jr. built a small cabin                  are my favorite places on earth. As soon as I smell the air or
inland on the property. Eventually he purchased this land                 hear the call of a gull, my soul is renewed.”
from the Derbys and built a cabin on the bay.                                  Terry agrees. “We’ve been very pleased with the whole
     While Edward Jr. and his family had their permanent                  process and would strongly encourage others to consider
residence in the Soo where he practiced dentistry, the boys               taking the steps we did,” he notes.
recall that they would return to the cabin at any opportunity.                 “The pristine shoreline enjoyed by so many boaters who
“We spent many happy years enjoying our cottage on                        travel through the main channel to the Les Cheneaux Islands
Mackinac Bay. And, as time has passed, our children and                   is now going to remain that way forever,” said Ty Ratliff, land
grandchildren have enjoyed it as well during all seasons of               protection specialist with the Conservancy.
the year,” Terry said.                                                         In addition to thanking the Rudds, the Conservancy
     Bill explained that at first he and Terry were motivated             expresses special thanks to the Les Cheneaux Foundation and
                                                                          George Covington who partnered to make this project happen.
Below left: Taken in the 1970s, this photo shows Dr. Edward J. Rudd       A grant from the North American Wetlands Conservation Act
at the remains of the old cabin he built in the 1920s. He is shown with
his daughter-in-law Connie and grandchildren Kelly and Terry Rudd, Jr.
Below right: The shoreline protected by conservation easement.
                                                                          program was also used for this project.

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Land Protection

    Elk Foundation Partners
    with Conservancy

       he right piece of land and the right partnership enabled Little Traverse Conservancy to purchase the development rights

T      for 320 acres of land bordered on two sides by the Pigeon River State Forest, thereby protecting the land with a conser-
       vation easement. “This magnitude of protection in this region would not have happened without a partnership grant
from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and a significant bargain sale of development rights from the landowners, Bill and
Jackie Stanley,” said Land Protection Specialist Ty Ratliff.
     “The property has been in our family since the 1930s, “said Bill Stanley. “I feel that doing a conservation easement was the
best way to preserve it for the future. The process was very simple, thanks to the efforts of Ty Ratliff. At no time did I feel
pressured and I still have everything I will need to continue using the property for outdoor recreation in the future.”
     The Conservancy has partnered with Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation on three other tracts within or very near the Pigeon
River State Forest over the past three years. “I had an opportunity to visit the Stanley property this spring with Ty Ratliff, and
know first-hand what a beautiful parcel it is and the
wildlife values that it holds,” said Kevin Wallenfang
of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. “The Elk
Foundation is pleased to once again partner with
Little Traverse Conservancy to protect another
wonderful piece of private land that will benefit
elk and other wildlife in perpetuity.”
        Above: A two-track road into the Stanleys private
        property now protected with a conservation easement.
        Right: A five-acre lake known as Doe Lake is
        included within the conservation easement.

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                                                                                                        Land Protection
                                                                                                            CHIPPEWA COUNTY

      traddling the East Branch of the

S     Tahquamenon River and Little Beaver
      Creek and flanking 1,500 feet of the main

                                                              the Future
branch of the Tahquamenon River, Dennis and
Maggie Dougherty’s property provides the
unique waterfront they had been seeking. All

                                                              for the
told, close to a mile of river and creek frontage
can be found on this beautiful land that lies
between Chippewa and Luce counties.

     The Doughertys first arrived in the Soo in
1984 when Dennis was stationed there with
the Coast Guard. After retirement, they decid-
ed to stay. Their riverfront property was pur-
chased in 1990 and 1991 to give them a retreat
for fishing and exploring away from city life.
It is classic Upper Peninsula wild land with the
added bonus of the waterways, and the couple
has seen all kinds of wildlife there including
moose, wolf, pine marten, and bear.
     Dennis had known a little about conserva-
tion easements, but the Doughertys wanted to
know more when they began noticing how
much of the land was being divided into
10-acre splits. In addition, it recently became
permissible to build elevated structures in the
floodplain. “When we originally purchased the
land, building was not permitted in the flood-
plain. We are starting to see what the future of
this land will likely be,” Dennis explained.
     So after many discussions about conserva-
tion easements with his friend and

                                                                 Conservancy member, Dave
                                           Private Property      Dunning of Cedarville, the
                   7                                             couple approached the
                                                                 Conservancy. It didn’t take
                                                                 them long to decide to donate a
                                                                 conservation easement that
                                                                 would permanently ensure their
                                                                 67 acres could not ever be split.
                                                                 The easement was completed
                                                                 this past October.
                                                                      “This easement was particularly compelling to us
                                                                 because of its proximity to the conservation easements
                                                                 donated by the Kalamazoo Nature Center last year,”
                   Private Property                              said Kieran Fleming, the Conservancy’s director of land
                                                                 protection. “The combination of riverine habitats and
                                                                 exceptional wildlife habitat make it highly desirable to
                                                                 protect this land’s ecological attributes.”
                                                                 Photo above:
                                                                 A section of Little Beaver Creek photographed by Dennis Dougherty
                                                                 on his property. The land also lies along the Tahquamenon River.
                                                                 Left: The Dougherty’s easement is just a short distance downstream
                                                                 from more than 2,300 acres of private land protected with conserva-
                                                                 tion easements last year through Little Traverse Conservancy.
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                                                      FALL UPDATE FROM THE STEW CREW

                                         From the Field...
  On September 18, a large group of volunteers
  joined Conservancy staff at the Jordan River Nature Preserve
  to clean up an old farm site. Coordinated through the
  Charlevoix business Harbor Industries, the volunteer efforts
  were part of the United Way’s Day of Caring event.
  Volunteers consisted of Charlevoix High School students and
  Charlevoix Library volunteers as well as Conservancy volun-
  teers. “We basically finished demolition of a collapsed farm-
  house and removed the debris. It was a huge job and we
  couldn’t have done it without the volunteers,” said Director of
  Stewardship Doug Fuller. “We found a few interesting artifacts
  and skeletons (of the small mammal type). It was fun specu-
  lating on what life must have been like for a farm family living
  here in the early part of the 20th century.” A few piles of
  construction debris still remain at the preserve. Another
  volunteer work day will be held next spring.

                                                                                    The Andreae Preserve cabin                        is
                                                                                    receiving some much needed TLC this year including a
                                                                                    new foundation, new electrical wiring, and a new wood
                                                                                    stove. The cabin is available for use by community groups
                                                                                    and many scout troops enjoy it for overnight retreats. If all
                                                                                    goes as planned, the cabin should be ready for use again
                                                                                    in December.
                                                                                         The Conservancy is again partnering with Tip of the
                                                                                    Mitt Watershed Council to continue erosion control on the
                                                                                    steep Pigeon River banks of this preserve.

  After assuming ownership of three large buildings plus
  numerous “appurtenant structures” in a remote location, stewardship staff
  have been especially busy at the Vermilion Point Nature Preserve.
  Fortunately, LTC recently discovered Bob Englebrecht, a Paradise resident
  who is helping with routine work, small carpentry, and other building
  maintenance work. This fall, “The Home Team” (a building inspection
  business owned by Greg Rowell) inspected all the buildings. Based on
  their recommendations, more building maintenance, repair and improve-
  ment tasks are planned for 2008.
        LTC’s logo sign and other informational signage were recently
  installed to help visitors better use and enjoy the site. A surprisingly large
  number of people make their way to Vermilion on more than seven miles
  of poor-quality sand road (sometimes inundated by beaver flooding) to
  visit this scenic and historic spot.

             Charles Dawley of the Conservancy’s stewardship staff (left) shown
             with Bob Englebrecht, who is helping staff care for Vermilion Point.

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Phragmites:                         Native or Non-native?
Phragmites australis (a.k.a. common reed grass) is a tall grass that spreads by seed or rhizome,
can grow in dense clonal stands, and may reach up to 18 feet in height. Found all over the
world, Phragmites has at least 27 known genetic strains. Michigan has always had native
Phragmites, but recently, a non-native strain from Europe has begun to spread throughout the
Upper Great Lakes. The non-native strain, known as “Haplotype M,” has shown up along
Michigan highways and on Great Lakes shorelines. It invades wetlands, outcompetes the

                                                                                                                                          Michigan Sea Grant
native Phragmites, degrades wildlife habitat, and ruins shoreline views.
     In 2006, a group of Beaver Island residents and township officials, alarmed at its spread,
decided to take action. They partnered with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources
to secure permits and grant funding, and in fall 2007 hired a consultant to treat the biggest
                                                                                                   Exotic Phragmites with seedheads.
stands of non-native Phragmites on the Lake Michigan beaches all around the island. Property
owners were asked to contribute to the cost of control on their property. One of the properties
is the Conservancy’s Little Sand Bay Preserve with 1,300 feet of Lake Michigan shoreline.
Native Phragmites also exists on Beaver Island’s inland lakes, including Barney’s Lake.
     To help LTC assess Phragmites on our nature preserves, two students from the U-M
Biological Station studied our area in summer 2007. Heather Siersma and Dana Powell learned
how to tell native and non-native Phragmites apart and surveyed many sites. They found

                                                                                                                                            Heather Siersma
native Phragmites at Larks, Round, Crooked, and Douglas Lakes as well as Duck Bay on
Marquette Island. They found the invasive “Haplotype M” along US-31 in Conway and in
Cheboygan State Park. Both native and non-native Phragmites were found at Sturgeon Bay.
Heather plans to return in 2008 to continue the study. For more information about Phragmites,      Native Phragmites without seedheads.
            Trail Update: Susan Creek/Taimi Hoag
                                                EY                      n our Fall newsletter we briefly reported on the completion

                                         PE                             of the trail system linking the Conservancy’s Susan Creek
                                                                        Preserve with the Little Traverse Bay Bands’ Taimi Hoag

                                                                    Natural Area near Charlevoix. To left is a map showing the

                                                                    trail systems which consist of Red and Blue trail loops totaling

                                   owned by Little Traverse Bay     1.8 miles. Please note that no bikes or horses are allowed on

                                    Bands of Odawa Indians
                                                                    the red trail.
                                                                         Although the area is relatively flat, there is a lot of
                                                                    variety throughout the preserves. Visitors will find ferny
                                                                    ravines cut by surface drainageways through old post-glacial
                                                                    lake terraces. Enjoy the shadowy wonderland of the mature
                                                                    cedar forests, views of Susan Creek from bridges and streamside
                                                                    bluffs, and wet meadows.
                                                                         There are some interesting cultural features to note as well,
                                                                    including ponds excavated by a former owner and what
                                                                    appears to be an old railroad grade and stream crossing trestle
                                                                    (now collapsed). If any readers know this region well, we’d
                                                                    love to find out more about the human history that occurred
                                                                         Currently the parking off of U.S. 31 is small and unim-
                                                                    proved, but we hope to create a better parking area in years to
                                                                    come. In the meantime, please use caution pulling in and out
                                                                    of busy U.S. 31!
                                                                      This fall, 88 private properties protected with conservation
                                                                            easements were monitored by Stewardship staff.

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Business Members                     Bear Cove Marina                    Mr. John Frey
                                     Bearcub Outfitters                  Gattle’s
                                     Dr. Jeff and Deanna Beaudoin        Glenwood Custom Builders                        BUSINESS AND
                                     Beaver Island Boat Company          Gingerbread House
                                     Becky Thatcher Designs              Graham Real Estate
 (Contributors of $500 or more)
 Art Van Furniture                   Dr. John and Margaret Bednar        Dr. and Mrs. Rodney J. Grambeau               THE LITTLE TRAVERS
 Bank of Northern Michigan           Benchmark Engineering, Inc.         Graphic Printing
                                     Best Western - Harbor Springs       Dr. and Mrs. Dwayne Griffin          Jamie Martin, Builder
 Bay Harbor Company                                                                                           Mary Ellen’s Place
 Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Beck          Between the Covers                  Dr. Janice Griffin
                                     Bingham Insurance Service           John and Jeri Griffin                Mr. and Mrs. Neil Marzella
 Thomas G. and Maureen G.                                                                                     David and Joy McBride
     Bickersteth                     Bistro                              Gary Gurizzian, CPA
                                     Dr. Paul and Lisa Blanchard         Gurney’s Harbor Bottle Shop          Dr. and Mrs. William L. McCullough
 Big Rock Point Restoration Project                                                                           John and Pat McFall
 Big Stone Bay Fishery, Inc.         Mr. and Mrs. Harry Boyer            Dr. Richard and Margaret
                                     Mr. and Mrs. Barry C. Brown            Hagelberg                         McLean & Eakin Booksellers
 Birchwood Construction                                                                                       Dr. and Mrs. William Meengs
 Chase Bank of Petoskey              Erik and Meredith Brown             Hagen Manker and Sulane Hamilton
                                     Mr. and Mrs. Steven Brown           Dr. Joseph and Lyn Hance             Michael’s Locksmith Service
 Circuit Controls Corporation                                                                                 Dr. Joanne E. Mertz
 Clothes Post                        Brown Motors                        Harbor/Brenn Agencies
                                                                                                              Meyer Ace Hardware
 Cottage Company of Harbor Springs Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Brumleve     Harbor Springs Excavating
                                                                                                              Michigan Appraisal Company
 East Jordan Iron Works              Mr. and Mrs. Max Bunker             Harrington Group Advertising
                                     Dr. and Mrs. Timothy Burandt        Mr. and Mrs. Stewart Hayes           Michigan Scientific Corporation
 Evening Star Joinery                                                                                         Drs. William and Jane Millar
 Family Video                        Burt Lake Marina, Inc.              Hazelnut Kids
                                     Dr. Louis and Sally Cannon          Dr. and Mrs. Klaus Hergt             Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Millard
 First Community Bank                                                                                         Mitchell Graphics
 Mr. and Mrs. Charles T. Fisher, III Dr. Mitch and Nancy Carey           Dr. and Mrs. Hashem M. Hilal
                                     Mr. and Mrs. Dan Carmichael         Niles K. and Shirley A. Hill         Monte Bianco
 Mr. and Mrs. Walter Fisher                                                                                   Dr. Lloyd L. Mrstik
 Mr. and Mrs. Edward Frey, Jr.       Mr. and Mrs. John C. Carr           Dr. and Mrs. K. Frederick Hoffmann
                                     Charlevoix Agency, Inc.             Mr. and Mrs. William W. Hofmann      Stephen and Anne Murray
 Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gano                                                                                    Music Makers of Petoskey
 Dr. and Mrs. John Hall              Charlevoix State Bank               Mr. Louis J. Hollow
                                     Citizens Bank - Petoskey            Mrs. Kitty Hramiec                   New Dimension Construction
 Harbor Springs Water Works
 Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Hoogland    Citizens National Bank of           Dr. Charles Huebner
 Mr. and Mrs. Wes Hovey                Cheboygan                         Huzza
 Mr. and Mrs. David Irish            Clothing Company                    Indian River Chamber of Commerce
 Dave Kring Chevrolet-Cadillac       Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realty -    Hob and Kelly Ingleson
 Litzenburger Landscaping, Ltd.         Harbor Springs                   Insurance By Burley
 Mr. and Mrs. Webb Martin            James and Susan Conboy              Dr. Terry and Patti Jackson
 Drs. Vaughn and Harriet McGraw      Pat Cormican, Realtor               Dr. Jim and Rebecca Clark Jeakle
 Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Mossburg     Cornichons Market                   Dr. Loyal Jodar
 Mr. and Mrs. James J. Murray        Country Casuals                     Judge and Mrs. Charles W. Johnson
 Nub’s Nob Ski Area                  CPI Products, Inc.                  Mrs. Mary Cay Jones
 Petoskey News-Review                Dr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Curtin       Dr. and Mrs. Dennis W. Joy
 Prescription Services               Roger and Anette Cyr                Eric and Vel Kammermann
 Dr. Gary and Colleen Shaw           Dam Site Inn                        Dr. and Mrs. John Karkosak
 Dr. Jeffrey and Frances Shepard     Dr. and Mrs. Allen Damschroder      Kelbel Pharmacy
 Shepler’s, Inc.                     Al Dika                             Ken’s Village Market
 Dr. and Mrs. John H. Tanton         Douglas Lake Bar and Steakhouse     Mr. Robert C. Kerzka
 Tom’s Mom’s Cookies                 Drs. James and Maureen Doull        Dr. and Mrs. Benjamin Kleinstiver
 Waldvogel Insurance Agency          Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Duffy          Dr. and Mrs. Lars Kleppe
 Ward and Eis Gallery                East Jordan Plastics, Inc.          Dr. and Mrs. Michael Koskuc
 Ms. Jill Whelan                     Katie Parker and Bert Ebbers        Mr. and Mrs. Richard Kowalski
                                     Edgewater Condo Hotel               Dr. and Mrs. Richard A. Kutcipal
 OTHER BUSINESS and                  Dr. and Mrs. James Ehrnst           Keith and Mary Ellen Lapp
 PROFESSIONAL CONTRIBUTORS Emmet Brick and Block Company                 Laramie Crane Rentals
 Abent Pest Control North            Emmet County Lakeshore              Mr. Erik S. Larson
 Mr. Ronald Agnello, CPA               Association                       Lauer Caretaking
 Dr. Kim Aikens                      Fabiano Brothers, Inc.              L’Esprit Antiques
 Al Meda Chocolates                  Mr. and Mrs. Tom Fairbairn, Sr.     Dr. Peter Levanovich
 Al and Jim’s Tree Service           W. W. Fairbairn and Sons, Inc.      Dr. Donna Leveckis
 Andrew Kan Travel Service           Dr. Richard and Sandi Ferguson      Gary and Connie Lewinski
 Dr. and Mrs. Mark Antonishen        Ferguson & Chamberlain Associates   Dr. John Lignell
 Arfstrom Pharmacies, Inc.           Fifth Third Bank - Petoskey         Linde Furniture
 Dr. and Mrs. Steven J. Baker        First National Bank - St. Ignace    Little Traverse Bay Inn
 Mr. Fred Ball                       The Fish                            Seberon and Dianne Litzenburger
 Bar Harbor                          Mr. and Mrs. John W. Fischer        Mr. Richard Lobenherz
 Mr. Josh Barnes                                             .
                                     Mr. and Mrs. William P Fisher       Longton Hall
 Mr. Steve Barney                    Flowers from Nature’s Garden        Lynx Eye Communications
 Mr. and Mrs. Daniel B. Barron       Flowers from Sky’s the Limit        Mr. and Mrs. James Mabee
 Mr. Stephen Bartha                  Fochtman Realty Company             Dr. and Mrs. Patrick Maloney
 Dr. and Mrs. Arnold G. Bauer        Mr. and Mrs. John E. Fought         Dr. Melanie Manary
                                     Dr. and Mrs. Reed Freidinger        Ms. Janet Mancinelli
                                     Freshwater Benthic Services         Dr. Kevin and Jennifer Markham
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007                                                                                                            Business Members
                                         Dr. and Mrs. John Rasmussen
 PROFESSIONAL                            Dr. and Mrs. Paul W. Reed
                                         Curtis and Jeanne Regentin
RTERS OF                                 Resort Reservations, Inc.                         BUSINESS MEMBER PROFILE
RSE CONSERVANCY                          Dr. and Mrs. Craig Reynolds
                                         Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey B. Ricks
   Dr. and Mrs. Edward Newcomb
   Northern Star Broadcasting
                                         Roast and Toast Coffee Shop             Burt Lake Marina, Indian River
                                         Mark Robinson & Associates
   Patrick and Jane O’Brien
   Mr. and Mrs. John F. Ochs
                                         Dr. Paul and Karen Romig                      Ty & Lisa LaPrairie
                                         Dr. Bradford Rowe
   Dr. and Mrs. Gilbert O’Gawa           Cynthia Rutherford
   Gretchen Olsen                        Ryde Marina Inc.
   Dr. James and Beverly Osetek          Stefan and Kim Scholl
   Mr. and Mrs. Verne Osterlund          Trisha and Marcia Shattuck
   Mr. and Mrs. Peter L. Pappas          Mr. Tom Shier
   Frank and Jan Parkinson               Dr. and Mrs. James M. Shirilla
   Performance Engineers, Inc.           Hugh Melling and Denise Simon
   Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf          Dr. and Mrs. Henry Singer
   Ms. Sandra Planisek                   Site Planning Development, Inc.
   Bruce and Jane Platte                 Mr. and Mrs. Melvyn L. Smith
   Mr. and Mrs. Thomas D. Pointner       Ms. Sara E. Smith
   Polly’s Planting and Plucking         Mr. W. William Smith
   Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey L. Porter        Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Richard Smith
   Drs. George and Marilyn Pramstaller   Dr. and Mrs. Ronald D. Snyder
   Preston Feather Building Centers      Steve and Julie Spencer
   The Print Shop                        Stafford’s Hospitality
   Mr. and Mrs. H. Roy Pulaski           Dr. David Strawbridge                  Left to right: Ty and Lisa LaPrairie with Lisa’s parents,
                                         Sturgeon River Pottery                 Rosalee and Larry Renaud.
                                         Summer Hill, LLC
                                         Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Supernaw
                                                                              In 1969, Larry and Rosalee Renaud were visiting the
                                         Mr. and Mrs. William C. Sutton
                                         Symon’s General Store                Indian River region and took a leap of faith. They purchased a
                                         Mr. and Mrs. Frank H. Taylor         small boat store on the southwest corner of Burt Lake to see if
                                         Taylor Rental Center                 they could live the “up north” dream. Over the years, the
                                         Teddy Griffin’s Road House           business expanded to include sales and service for year-round
                                         Timbertech                           outdoor recreation. Today, their daughter Lisa and son-in-law
                                         Dr. and Mrs. Robert C. Tollas        Ty are taking over the award-winning business that now
                                         Town and Country Cedar Homes         employs 30 families. “This is truly a family business,” explains
                                         David Trautman
                                                                              Lisa LaPrairie who credits her sister’s involvement and their
                                         Dr. and Mrs. Victor H. Tsaloff
                                         Turkey’s Café and Pizzeria           many long-term employees with much of their success.
                                         Two Loons Lagoon                          The LaPrairies have always been concerned about how
                                         VanDam Wood Craft                    the balance between prosperity and conservation of the beau-
                                         Dr. and Mrs. Ronald D. VandenBrink   tiful Indian River region will be maintained. “We respect the
                                         Jan VandenBrink Studio               history of our area and value preserving it for future genera-
                                         Dr. Tim VanEvery                     tions,” Lisa said. “If we don’t use the natural resources wisely
                                         Van’s Business Machines, Inc.
                                                                              and encourage responsible recreation, we will no longer have
                                         Jack Vantreese and Associates
                                         Gordon and Susan VanWieren
                                                                              the economic resource of this business.”
                                         Dr. and Mrs. Daniel J. VerBurg            The LaPrairies believe that education is critical. “I have
                                         Vic’s Tile and Marble Company        seen programs that focus strictly on quarantining property.
                                         Dr. Steven and Connie Vorenkamp      While that is great, I think we can improve by offering
                                         Jack and Bridget Waldvogel           programs that encourage using the resources while promoting
                                         Drs. Mark and Susan Weiss            the message of ‘tread lightly.’ The goals of the business com-
                                         Wells Fargo Home Mortgage            munity and conservation groups are not mutually exclusive.”
                                         Wentworth Builders, Inc.
                                                                                   Another particular concern to this family is the issue of
                                         Wheeler Motors, Inc.
                                         William, Adi, and Mark Wieland       how to provide waterfront access for all. To that end, they
                                         Mr. Hans Wiemer                      helped support the formation of Tuscarora Township Park, a
                                         Dr. and Mrs. Timothy Wilcox          joint effort between the township, the Conservancy, and local
                                         Dr. and Mrs. Harold J. Willens       residents. The park is located in downtown Indian River and
                                         Mr. David K. Williams                has greatly expanded public access opportunities.
                                         Dr. and Mrs. Ian D. Wilson                With two young children, the LaPrairies make it part of
                                         Mike and Catherine Winnell
                                                                              their family “theme” to pick up trash they find when walking
                                         Todd and Jennifer Winnell
                                         Dr. and Mrs. Brian Wittenberg
                                                                              a trail. “It is important to teach them healthy Earth habits
                                                                              young!” Lisa added.
                                         Dr. and Mrs. Louis R. Zako
                                         Dr. Beverly A. Zelt
                                                                                                  7            – 11
                                Creating the
      cheduling eight 6th

S     grade classes for the
      same program is no
small feat, so when the             A TEACHER’S PERSPECTIVE
weather turned sour for                 ON JOURNALING IN
their fall nature journaling                     NATURE
session, the Petoskey Middle
School teachers decided to go ahead with it anyway. The location was
changed from Bay View Woods (a half mile walk from the school) to the field
and wetlands just outside their classroom. One girl had shown up in high
heeled sandals and it looked like she was going to have to stay inside. But she
didn’t want to miss this class so she ran to the gym, found some spare socks,
and appeared outside a few minutes later. “I did not hear one complaint from
the kids,” said teacher Beth Lancaster, who coordinates the program with the
Conservancy. “They would have been really disappointed if we hadn’t gone.”
     This is Beth’s fourth year participating in the 6th grade Nature Journaling
program with Little Traverse Conservancy. Each year, the program has grown
and evolved and this year, every 6th grader in their school is participating. It
is a commitment made at the beginning of the year when each student pur-
chases a spiral bound journal. Throughout the course of the school year, they
plan three seasonal visits to the woods. In the fall, they pick their favorite
“spot” and plan to return to that spot each season. Prior to each trip, a
Conservancy educator comes to the classroom to introduce different journal-
ing techniques and prepare them for their visit.
     “We do lots of creative writing in many different forms and their writing
                                       is accompanied with sketches,” Beth
“Sixth graders are                     explains. Last November, the same week
                                       her class did their field session, Beth
so excited to learn                    invited local artist Catherine Carey into
                                       the class. Catherine taught the students
about nature.                          how to do quick journal sketches in the
It is just up to us                    field so they could elaborate on them
                                       later back in school. “You could have
to provide the                         heard a pin drop while she was teaching
                                       them,” Beth said. “When she was done,
opportunities.”                        they actually applauded.”
                                            Beth believes Nature Journaling is a
                                       perfect match for Petoskey’s sixth grade curriculum and she is easily able to combine both
science and art to introduce more sophisticated topics such as “subnivean layers” and “phenology.” Each time they start a new
session, the students are asked to record that day’s physical data: time of sunset and sunrise, temperature, moon phase, and
wind speed. But the academic learning is just one of the many benefits she is seeing. Some kids who struggle in the classroom
find their thoughts are freed up once they are sitting alone in the woods. “We don’t grade the journals,” Beth explains. “I tell
the kids that you each have a unique perspective on where you are today and how you interact with the world. The journal is
yours and nobody elses...I just need to see that you’ve completed the assignment.”
     When asked what she thinks is the biggest obstacle families face today that prevents them from connecting with nature,
she guesses that it is our busy schedules. “Sixth graders are so excited to learn about nature. It is just up to us to take the time to
provide the opportunities,” she said.
     “Beth has played a critical part in streamlining our program to fit the requirements of daily life in a middle school,” said
Conservancy Education Specialist Alison Berry. “As non-formal educators working alongside traditional educators, we realize
the intensity of the average classroom. Beth has helped us make this program both more teacher and kid-friendly.”
     Last October, Beth joined Conservancy education staff at a conference in Wisconsin where they were able to hear Richard
Louv, founder of the “No Child Left Inside” movement speak. One of the main themes repeated at the conference was that if
we want children today to take care of nature, we have to teach them to value it. “And I heard the neatest thing about
EcoJournaling while in Wisconsin,” Beth said. “It was ‘If you don’t know where you are, you don’t know who you are.
EcoJournaling helps the kids know who they are.’”
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How Do Kids Feel
When They Get Outside?
We asked our former intern and local photographer Sarah Mayhew to join us on some outings this past
fall to capture what was going on. Here are some of the great shots that she took!

                                     Education Program Wish List:
                                     Interested in supporting education
                                     programs directly? New materials and
                                     supplies are currently needed to update
                                     and refresh our programs. Gift certificates
                                     to a local bookstore or Acorn Naturalists
                                     ( would be
                                     greatly appreciated.

                                                     Look       for animal tracks and other signs of animals
   Winter Picnic-Venture                             active during winter as we trek through the woodlands
                                                     of this preserve on snowshoes. Learn about track
               for ages 7-12                         patterns and prints and use identification cards to
   Saturday, February 16, 2008                       help you discover what animal may have left tracks
                                                     that you find. After working up an appetite, we’ll relax
         10 am to 12:30 pm                           during a picnic lunch. Please bring your own lunch.
       Andreae Nature Preserve                       Hot chocolate will be provided. Registration is
                                                     required. Call Melissa at 231.347.0991 for more
               (near Indian River)                   details and to sign up.

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New Trustees                                                         landowners, especially those with farmland.” Mary also
                                                                     hopes to help the Conservancy continue to expand its work

                                                                     on Beaver Island.
Meet Our
                                                                     Gregg Garver
Board Members!                                                       Gregg Garver is a fifth generation native of Harbor Springs
                                                                     and is currently employed by First Community Bank as the
                                                                     Community Bank President - Harbor Springs offices.
Nadine Cain                                                          Returning to the area in 2002, Gregg resides in Harbor
Born and raised on a farm in rural central Michigan, Nadine’s        Springs with his wife Debbie and their three young children
best career story is as follows: “In the early ‘90s, both my chil-                             Libby, Evie, and Tate. Gregg has
dren were off on their own so one summer I volunteered to                                      been in banking for 13 years,
help restore a one room school house on Lime Island in the St.                                 the past eight working back in
Mary’s River. I worked with the DNR and had an awesome,                                        northern Michigan.
unforgettable time, returning for four summers! One day as I                                       Gregg’s great grandfather
was leaving on M-134 with my windows down and radio                                            owned a farm in Good Hart,
cranked up, I realized that I was in love with the Eastern                                     making a living off of the land.
Upper Peninsula. On my return to                                                               Today, Gregg is an avid outdoors-
my principal’s position in Holt, I                                                             man and if there are any particular
quit. The rest of the story is that I                                                          areas that he would like to see the
landed a principal’s position in the                                                           Conservancy emphasize, they
Les Cheneaux Islands and have never                                                            would be the continued protection
regretted it for a moment.”                                           Gregg Garver             of rural farmland and recreational
    Nadine has held a variety of vol-                                                          lands as much as possible.
unteer positions around the country
and two years ago, had to be airlifted
by helicopter during a flash flood in
                                                                     Marta Olson
Texas. Her daughter lives in San                                     Growing up on Mackinac Island
Francisco and her son is a test pilot                                (literally inside Fort Mackinac),
in the Air Force. She is the proud                                   Marta Olson developed a love of
                                            Nadine Cain              nature as well as an interest in his-
grandmother of Nadia, age 2½.
    “Learning is very important to me,” Nadine said, explain-        toric and land preservation. Her
ing how she was first impressed by Little Traverse                   father, Eugene T. Petersen, was
Conservancy’s outreach and environmental education pro-              superintendent of Mackinac State
grams. “I hope to support this part of the big picture for Little    Historic Parks for 30 years and she
T most of all. Children ARE our future! I am very honored to         enjoyed spending hours following
be part of this organization.”                                       him around as he oversaw the state
                                                                     park and developed the original
                                                                     historic preservation programs at
Mary Faculak                                                                                                 Marta Olson
                                                                     Fort Mackinac, Colonial
The third generation of her family to now live on Lakeview
                                                                     Michilimackinac, and Mill Creek.
Ranch among the rolling drumlins of southern Charlevoix
                                                                          Marta’s career began in hotel management on Mackinac,
County, Mary Faculak walks the conservation talk. In 2006,
                                                                     but for the past 25 years she has held various positions in the
her family’s property was permanently protected with a con-
                                                                     computer industry. Her favorite professional experience was
servation easement that includes more than half a mile of
                                                                     being part of the team at Apple Computer that launched the
                        scenic views along US-31.
                                                                     Macintosh in 1984. Marta holds a B.A. from the University
                             Mary has been the executive
                                                                     of Michigan and an M.B.A. from Michigan State. In 1996,
                        director of the East Jordan Chamber of
                                                                     she started her own business, Mintaka Design, developing
                        Commerce for 17 years and is the
                                                                     websites for nonprofits and businesses in a multi-state area.
                        owner of three clothing stores in the
                                                                          In 2005, Marta and two other Mackinac Island residents
                        region. An avid horsewoman, writer,
                                                                     formed Mackinac Conservancy, a project of LTC, with the
                        reader, and nature lover, Mary has
                                                                     goal of offering residents another option for preserving their
                        always been impressed with the
                                                                     island property.
                        dynamic staff and programs of Little
                                                                          Marta’s favorite outdoor activities include painting, pho-
                        Traverse Conservancy and now knows
                                                                     tography, horseback riding, hiking, biking, skiing and
                        first-hand how well the organization is
                                                                     exploring LTC nature preserves. She lives in Harbor Springs
                        able to work with private landowners.
 Mary Faculak                                                        with her husband Peter and daughters, Brita and Kaia, and is
                        “I’d like to help the Conservancy get
                                                                     grateful to still spend summers on her beloved island.
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MaryAnn Van Lokeren                                                                                     New Members
Growing up in St. Louis, Missouri, MaryAnn VanLokeren
                                                                        The Conservancy would
earned a B.A. and M.B.A. from Washington University. Her                like to thank the following new members, new Friends or
professional life was spent in the corporate world as executive         Benefactors, or members who have increased their level of
director of a beverage distribution                                     giving within the Friends or Benefactors level from
business. When she and her hus-                                         September 1 to November 16, 2007
band began looking for a place to
retire, they had something in                                           New Friends or Benefactors
mind. “Michael had been visiting                                        Mr. David G. Frey, Jr.
northern Michigan all of his life                                       Edward and Janet Mardigian & Family
and we were seeking to settle in a                                      Mrs. Richard M. Ross
community that had a spirit – a                                         Mr. Kelley D. Smith
consciousness – around land con-
servation,” MaryAnn explained.                                          New Contributing Members
                                                                        Paul and Michelle Astolfi
Settling in their home between
                                       MaryAnn VanLokeren               Doug and Kim Brown
Good Hart and Cross Village 15
                                                                        Craig and Susan Corriveau
year ago, the VanLokerens feel
                                                                        Dennis and Maggie Dougherty
like they have found what they were seeking. “This area has             Robert and Carol Goodenough
such a diversity of people with a wonderful amalgation of pre-          Richard A. and Mary Beth Hartrick
served land,” she said.                                                 Ms. Sarah Hollister
     A love of the outdoors has always been a part of                   Mrs. Janet Huttenstine
MaryAnn’s life. Twenty-one years ago, she worked in Missouri            Daniel and Rosemary Lynch
with the conservation groups The Nature Conservancy and                 Jeff and Genie McEvoy
Ducks Unlimited to establish a wildlife preserve in honor of            Catherine Devet and Richard Munsterman
her late husband.                                                       Mr. and Mrs. Ed Odette
     Today, MaryAnn walks her northern Michigan woods                   Colleen Canning and Dennis Paradowski
every day and is grateful for the amount of land available. She         Chris and Ashley Moerke Scherwinski
has a special interest in working to preserve the scenic beauty         Mrs. Carol Schmier
of the M-119 corridor.                                                  Marcia VanderBroek & Kurt Young

   Much Obliged
     Birchwood Inn for hosting our annual staff strategic planning retreat.
     Day of Caring volunteers for the September 18 cleanup at the Jordan River Nature Preserve. From Charlevoix High
     School: Alyssa Belfy, Weston Bryan, Olivia Catt, Tyler Curtis, Ericka Faust, Tanner Fisher, Mathew
     Golovich, Marine Greene, Amber Hoffman, Jacob Left, Martin Paige, Christina Miller. From Charlevoix
     Library: Dwain Abramowski, Sandi DiSante, Jeanne McGhee, Rebecca Parker, Erika Powell, Audry
     Shapiro. Special thanks to Jennifer Archambo and Harbor Industries for coordinating the event.
     Arrow Sanitation of Gaylord for a discount on a dumpster.
    Greg Rowell of The Home Team Inspection Service in Sault Ste. Marie (serving the Tip of the Mitt and
    Eastern Upper Peninsula) for volunteering to do in-depth building inspections on the Vermilion structures.
     Bob Englebrecht for helping us do a full day of “handyman” tasks at Vermilion Point on October 24.
     All of our Volunteer Preserve Monitors, Trail Stewards, and other friends who help us care for our preserves.
    Guy Harden for lending us his copy of a 1936 map of Marquette Island’s roads and trails.
    Jeff Ford of Evening Star Joinery for invaluable assistance in coordinating and overseeing the renovations to the
    Andreae Preserve cabin
     Catherine Carey, Vern Bishop, Sarah Matthews, and Shawn Neff for leading fall community field trips.
     Marlene Bartson, Sharon Brown, Ann Burek, Tillie Cone, Norm Cutshall, Pearl Dally, Maggie Frederick,
     Gloria Krusell, Doris Lark, Maxine McDowell, Nancy Faye O’Brien, Val Sterzik, Effie Stevens, Lester
     Stevens, Betty Trippe, Marge Upton, and Bev Warner who volunteered through RSVP to help with our mailings
     along with Trudy Day and John Maximiuk.
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    Special Gifts                                                       In memory of
                                                                                                                      George H. Hall
                                                                                                                      Mr. and Mrs. Russell W. Fuller
                                                                                                                      Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Gollinger
   The gifts listed on these pages Gary and Trish Colett                    Mrs. David L. Truog                       Ellen Heller
            were received          John and Peggy Dagg                      Ms. Elizabeth Ware                        Ms. Carolyn B. Aldridge
September 1 - November 16, 2007 Ms. Bessie J. Debeck                        C. William ‘Bill’ Close, Jr.
                                                                                                                      Mrs. Dottie Blanchard
                                      Mr. and Mrs. Lynn R. Evans                                                      The Good Hart Bridge Group
                                      Mr. Daniel G. Galant                  Mr. and Mrs. David K. FitzSimons
 Katharine Baker                                                                                                         Pat Allerding
                                     Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Huffman                                                        Susan Beattie
 Mrs. Frank J. Hightower                                                    Catherine G. Curran
                                     Mr. and Mrs. W. Anthony Huffman                                                     Connie Cobb
 Mr. and Mrs. Michael S. Mitchell                                           Mrs. Albert M. Austin
                                     John and Nancy Kelley                                                               Michelle Herron
 Mrs. David L. Truog                                                        Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. FitzSimons
                                     Judy and David Kelly                                                                Joy Rodoshevich
                                                                            Mr. and Mrs. Norman W. Harris, III
 Betty Barrows                       Trudy Krempa                                                                        Virginia Thomas
                                                                            Mrs. Frank J. Hightower
 Dr. June Peters and Andrew Bambic   Seberon and Dianne Litzenburger
                                                                            Seberon and Dianne Litzenburger
                                     Mr. and Mrs. William R. MacKay                                                   Eunice Hendrix
                                                                            Dr. and Mrs. John H. Tanton
 Caro Bayley Bosca                   Ms. Josephine L. Malecek                                                         Ms. Anne L. Fitzgerald
                                                                            Ward & Eis Gallery
 Mr. and Mrs. Mark Townsend Driggs   Martha and Jim Mast                                                              Kathryn Howard
                                                                            David L. Davies and John D. Weeden
 Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Files        Chuck and Judy Mathews                                                           Ms. Thelma B. Johnson
 Ms. Judith A. Gillow                June and Richard McIntyre & the boys   Leo and Dorothy Fairbanks                 Ms. Marion Krausse
 Mrs. Sally Hoffman.                 Jim and Judy Mehrer                    Mr. and Mrs. Gary Spencer                 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B. McMullen
 Mr. and Mrs. George E. Melzow       Menonaqua Cottage Owners                                                         Donna Mitchell
 Mr. and Mrs. Michael S. Mitchell        Association                        Leo E. Fairbanks                          Mr. and Mrs. Robert Paulson & Family
 Mrs. Richard C. Wozniak & Family    Mr. and Mrs. W. Kenneth Myers          Mr. and Mrs. Henry K. Wagner, II          H. Glenn Tincknell
                                     Mr. and Mrs. William V. North                                                    Leslie Tincknell
 David Busher                                                               Robert H. Fergus
                                     Bill and Josie Paddock                                                           Joan Donaldson and John Vanvoorhees
 Ward & Eis Gallery                                                         Ms. Sylvia Fergus
                                     Don and Nancy Pais
                                                                                                                      Pauline Hiddinga
 Martha Cavanaugh                    Dr. and Mrs. Ray J. Pensinger          William ‘Bill’ Flemming
                                                                                                                      Pond Hill Farm project
 Cameron                             Dr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Petz            Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Wilson, III
                                     Ms. Barbara Pittman                                                              Mr. John R. Shreves
 Neil and Susan Armstrong                                                                                             Kenyon and Sally Stebbins
                                     Tom and Mary Rogers                    Emory Ford
 Jack and Carlotta Aurelia                                                                                            Dick, Linda, & Trisha Taylor
                                     Mr. and Mrs. William G. Rupp           Ms. Ruth H. Petzold
 Dr. June Peters and Andrew Bambic
 Edward and Kathleen Barclay         Cliff and Dianne Segerstrom            Kenneth ‘Buck’ Garver                     John C. ‘Jack’ Jansing
 Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Brewer       Mrs. Patrick A. Smith & Family         Mr. and Mrs. John W. Fischer and Family   Mrs. Albert M. Austin
 Mr. and Mrs. Howard Carroll         Mr. John S. Speed                                                                Mr. and Mrs. Clarence C. Barksdale
 Raymond and Catherine               Virginia Speed                         Herbert Goodrich                          Mrs. Carolyn Berry
    Christensen                      Jim and Nancy Stanley                  Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. FitzSimons        Mr. and Mrs. Neil T. Brown
                                     Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Stenger                                                   Mr. and Mrs. Ralph R. Carruthers
                                                                            Mrs. Ada Hall
                                                                            Mr. and Mrs. W. Anthony Huffman           Mr. and Mrs. James K. Dobbs, III
 drawing by joel lake (                                                                              Mr. and Mrs. James H. Everest
                                                                                                                      Mrs. Jean I. Everest
                                                                                                                      Mrs. Joy Austin Files
                                                                                                                      Mr. and Mrs. David K. FitzSimons
                                                                                                                      Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. FitzSimons
                                                                                                                      Mrs. Frank J. Hightower
                                                                                                                      Mr. and Mrs. Richard C. Holton
                                                                                                                      Mr. and Mrs. George W. James
                                                                                                                      Mrs. William F. Souder, Jr.
                                                                                                                      Mr. John S. Speed
                                                                                                                      Todd and Valerie Terry
                                                                                                                      Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Wilson, III
                                                                                                                      Emily A. Laffoon
                                                                                                                      Mrs. Carolyn Berry
                                                                                                                      Mrs. Frank J. Hightower
                                                                                                                      Mrs. Richard C. Wozniak & Family
                                                                                                                      Reba Lawrence
                                                                                                                      Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Barnes
                                                                                                                      Mrs. Carolyn Berry
                                                                                                                      Mr. and Mrs. Neil T. Brown
                                                                                                                      Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. FitzSimons
                                                                                                                      Mrs. Frank J. Hightower
                                                                                                                      Mr. and Mrs. Richard C. Holton
                                                                                                                      Mr. and Mrs. Grant H. James
                                                                                                                      Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey V. James
                                                                                                                      Mr. and Mrs. Michael S. Mitchell
                                                                                                                      Grant Morrow and Cordelia W.
                                                                                                                      Mr. and Mrs. William D. Saal
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                                                                                                                    Special Gifts
           Natural Areas and Open Spaces Represent
            Some of Our Most Dearly Held Values                                      Birthday
   What better way to honor those who appreciate                            Rebecca Barrett’s 100th
   northern Michigan than by helping protect the natural                    Dr. Russell and Suzanne LaBeau
   diversity that makes this area so unique. Consider
                                                                            Rhea Dow
   Conservancy gift memberships for Christmas this year!
                                                                            Clint and Audrey Etienne
                                                                            Elizabeth Wheeler’s 80th
Mrs. Robert M. Surdam                 Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Engler, Jr.   Mr. and Mrs. Herbert H. Edwards
Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Wilson, III   Mrs. Marti E. Goldman
                                      Mr. and Mrs. Tom Graham
William A. Miilu                      Mr. and Mrs. William B. Gurney                  Happy
Ms. Sara E. Smith                     Mr. and Mrs. Ralph B. Guy, Jr.
                                      Mr. and Mrs. James B. Haines
Rev. Ray Montgomery
Mr. and Mrs. Eugen Gulbransen         Richard and Patricia Hennessy, Jr.
                                      Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey B. Higgs         Mr. and Mrs. Jack Burley’s 50th
Francis ‘Frank’ Joseph                Mrs. Dorothy ‘Dodie’ Horan            Mr. and Mrs. Herbert H. Edwards
Nicholson                             Mr. and Mrs. Stephen A. Horn          Julian and Ruth Lefkowitz
Michael and Carol Smelt               Dr. and Mrs. John Hutto               Harold and Lynda Friedman & Family
                                      Charles and Christine Kneese
Mrs. Kay O’Brien                      Ms. Sallie Kuhnle
Mrs. Richard C. Wozniak & Family      Seberon and Dianne Litzenburger               Wedding
John H. Porter                        Gretchen and E. Michael Mahoney              Honorariums
Dr. and Mrs. John Hutto               Mrs. Mary M. McVicker
                                      Mrs. Jamie R. Mills                   Rob Croll and Jacqui Kennedy
Neil Proulx                           The Monday Night Golf Group           Mr. David K. Williams
Mr. James W. Freeman & Family         Mr. and Mrs. Fred Moore
Ms. Katharyn M. Morley                Mr. and Mrs. Roger T. Moore           Pete Gurney and Sarah Smark
Ms. Elizabeth S. Proulx               Salty Meachum and Elizabeth L. Most   Ms. Jessilynn Crevs
Mrs. Elizabeth E. Proulx              Mr. and Mrs. John Ogden               Ed and Yukari Erickson
Mr. Frank M. Proulx                   Charles and Denise Pethtel            Mel and Mary Kauffman
                                      Mr. and Mrs. William A. Petzold       Allen and Peggy Marshall
Dorothy Stebbins                                                            David and Audrey Marvin
                                      Mr. and Mrs. Paul Ransford
Mrs. David L. Truog                                                         Andrejs and Kate Reskevics
                                      Reserve Group Management Company
Vincent Szpieg                        Bob Lawrence and Susan Schwaderer     Adam Cohn & Jill Woehrmann
John and Sara Edleman                 Jim, Kate, and Jimmy Scollin
                                                                            Jim and Marci Spencer
                                      Fred L. and Catherine Siebert
Millie Taylor                                                               for the Pond Hill Farm project
                                      Ms. Sara E. Smith
Mr. and Mrs. John Ogden                                                     Mrs. Allyn J. Shepard
                                      Superior Fabrication
                                      Larry and Kathy Thompson
Dr. Myron ‘Pete’ Tazelaar
                                      Ms. Sharon Walker
East Burt Lake Association
                                      Mr. and Mrs. Timothy L. Watts                 Friendship &
Vivian VanCampen                      William H. and Elizabeth Wilson               Appreciation
Ms. Sara E. Smith                     Mrs. Laura Suzanne Wright
Dr. and Mrs. John A. Woollam                                                The Brian Joseph Family
                                      Bradford D. White
   and Family                         Lake Charlevoix Farm project          Mr. and Mrs. David H. Irish
Holly Vokes                           Mr. Laurence E. White
Mr. and Mrs. Durwood Allen            Mrs. Van White                        Mark Paddock in appreciation
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Anderson                                                   from his treasured friends
                                      Charles L. Wilson, Jr.                Remsen Behrer Family
Jack and Lucy Arnold
                                      Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Files
Ben and Carolyn Benjamin
                                      Mr. and Mrs. Richard C. Holton
Fred and Claudia Borcherts
                                      Mrs. Joan Keller
John and Carol Borseth
                                      Mr. and Mrs. George E. Melzow
                                                                            We apologize for incorrect memorial
Carl and Jil Brien                                                          listings in our last newsletter.
                                      Ms. Ruth H. Petzold
Christine and Thorton Brodhead                                                                                      Snowflake photographs
                                      Mr. and Mrs. William A. Petzold       They are correctly listed as follows:
Mr. and Mrs. Douglas A. Brown                                                                                       captured by
                                      Mrs. Patrick A. Smith & Family
Dick and Gay Budinger                                                       Rosemary Grosvenor:                     Kenneth G. Libbrecht
John W. Childe, Jr.                                                         Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Grosvenor
Christ Church United Methodist                                              and Family
Mr. and Mrs. James Cloutier
Jack and Merrill Colegrove                                                  Catherine Curran
Ms. Ellen C. Collins                                                        Mrs. Wallace H. Cole, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard G. Cook
John and Ann Davey
Greg and Sara Eggleston
                                                                                                            – 17
From the Director
                                                                                           the natural world, we connect not only
                                                                                           with nature itself but also with the count-
                                                                                           less generations of our forbears who fol-
    “Being                                                                                 lowed the movements of birds and animals,
                                                                                           looked to the weather, wondered at the
    Connected”                                                                             stars, and paid attention to the comings and
                                                                                           goings of the seasons. All we need to do is
    by Tom Bailey, Executive Director                                                      make the effort to press the “off” switch,
                                                                                           pull the plug, and step out for a look
                                                                                                Years ago, I remember predictions that
     t has been fascinating to me to                                                       shifts in our culture would give people

                                             asleep under a blanket of snow?
     witness the recent evolution of               How’s the water level in Big Lake?      more time to connect with nature. In the
     what it means in our culture to be      (Sure, you can look it up on the web, but     early 1970s as the technology explosion was
 “connected.” To be “connected” is to        why not check for yourself?!) Is the creek    beginning to unfold, prognosticators said
 have one’s cell phone, BlackBerry-          flowing fast or slow? What’s the phase of     that labor-saving technology would allow
 type e-mail device, and perhaps a           the moon right now, and when will it          us to become “the leisure society.” It was a
 wireless laptop computer as well.           clear the horizon and light the night with    sure bet that all these new machines would
 Television advertising shows us the         its silvery glow? Which constellations are    free humans from much of their toil at
 wise traveler – obviously a business        in the night sky, and have the Northern       work. The 30-hour work week was in sight,
 traveler – who, when their flight is        Lights been out lately? What birds are        and people would be able to spend more
 delayed or cancelled, whips out the         about and which ways are they headed?         time enjoying the fulfilling pursuits that
 computer and books him/herself onto               In every season there are good rea-     were labeled, at the top of Maslow’s
 the next flight or into the last avail-     sons, I believe, to step back from what we    Heirarchy of Needs, as “self-actualization.”
 able hotel room. One can call home,         call the “real world” of work and news             Well. Those predictions were off, to put
 notify the office, and also make a cou-     and economics and business into what          it mildly. For some reason, as computers,
 ple of stock trades all on the internet.    E.O. Wilson referred to as the “real, real    faxes, cell phones and the internet exploded
 Wow, that’s being “connected.”              world:” nature. Nature is, after all, the     onto the scene, we used them not so much
      Speaking for myself, while I cer-      Ultimate Reality. And so it is good for us,   to free ourselves from work, but to bind
 tainly appreciate cell phones and the       I think, to periodically renew our con-       ourselves more tightly to the office. Or the
 internet and use them both, I also          nectedness to the natural world around        stock exchange. Or whatever. We have
 savor the opportunity to pull the           us. One need not embark on a prolonged        more ways today to be in a hurry than ever
 proverbial plug. While it’s nice to be      expedition to some far corner of the earth    before, and fewer ways to escape so that we
 “connected” at times for work, news,        to do this; a simple glance at the sky is a   can relax and enjoy ourselves, our families
 information, and so on, I find that it is   good start.                                   and our natural world. We have “connect-
 at least as satisfying to turn off the            What’s up there now, and what seems     ed” ourselves to a way of living that pro-
 computer and the cell phone. With           to be coming? Are there signs of change       duces enormous levels of stress and anxiety,
 the phone silent and the computer           showing – the sorts of signs that our         erodes family life, and has unwittingly
 screen dark, I like to go back to an        ancestors attended for hundreds and thou-     contributed to cutting us further off from
 even older sense of what it means to        sands of generations? A glance can reveal     nature. Sometimes it seems that instead of
 be “connected,” and step outdoors.          cirrus clouds or mackerel-sky foretelling a   putting technology to work for us, we have
      With no website to distract me, I      change and maybe a storm. We can note         actually worked ourselves into the position
 like to feel the air, look at the clouds    “red at night, sailor’s delight” or rings     of being slaves to the technology.
 and “connect” with what’s going on in       around the moon, or sundogs. We can feel           Whether radical change is called for
 the atmosphere around me. I like to         changes in humidity, tap the old-fash-        or not is an individual decision. But I will
 look about in the woods or fields, or       ioned barometer to check the pressure,        suggest this much: I will suggest that each
 swamps or beaches, and see who’s            and watch what animals are doing. On a        of us should take time now and then to
 about and what’s happening. What’s          literally down-to-earth level, we can         pursue being “connected” in an old and
 blooming these days, or what has            wander through the back yard, visit that      traditional form that involves something
 frozen or thawed since the last change      little green patch up the road or head to     as simple as taking a look – or better yet
                                                                                           a walk – outside.
 in the weather? Are the squirrels
 stocking up their food, or taking a rare
                                             the park down the street to see what
                                             nature is up to.                                                7
 rest on a comfy branch somewhere?                 This is a healthy kind of being con-
 What are the bears up to these              nected. No eyestrain from staring at
 days–gorging on berries, tearing up         screens and no radio waves to the brain –
 stumps and searching for the jackpot        whether they cause health problems or
 of a honey-filled nest of bees, or fast     not. No need to detach from the family –
 18 -                      include them! When we connect with
                                                                                                                                       Field Trips
Winter Field Trips                                                             2008
                                                                              All Day Birding Adventure on Sugar Island
Don’t let the cabin fever blues set in! There is no                           Saturday February 16, 2008
charge for a Conservancy field trip unless noted.                             Hosts: Glen Schmiege and Lynne Petersen
Pre-registration is required by calling 231.347.0991.
    r                                                                         Please inform LTC if you need to borrow snowshoes. Limited
                                                                              pairs available upon request. Staff contact: Cindy Mom
                                                                              A short ferry ride from downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Sugar Island
Ski Goodhart Farms                                                            is situated on the St. Mary’s River and lies within an important
Saturday, February 2, 2008                                                    migratory flyway. In the wintertime, it is an excellent place to
1-3 pm Staff contact: Alison Berry                                            look for Great Grey Owls, Snow Buntings, and winter finches.
Discover a new place for cross country skiing. The groomed                    We will start the trip in Harbor Springs, taking the “scenic
trails of the Goodhart Farms Nature Preserve offer a great                    route” from the Conservancy office to the Sault, looking for
destination for classic nordic skiers. Join Conservancy staff                 Snowy Owls and Sharp-tailed Grouse as we drive through the
on this ski aimed to introduce you to the trail system so you                             .
                                                                              eastern U.P On the island, we’ll snowshoe into the Bailey-
can return on your own. Please bring your own skis. We will                   Lagerstrom Preserve and visit the shoreline, looking for signs of
meet at the winter parking lot off of Robinson Road.                          wildlife along the way. This will be an all-day event (so be sure
Difficulty level: moderate because of hills.                                  to bring your own lunch) with options to join the trip in Harbor
                                                                              Springs, Alanson, Sault Ste Marie, or on Sugar Island. Ask
Pigeon River Country Horseback Trip                                           about carpooling when you register.
with Vern Bishop
Friday, February 8, 2008                                                      Birge Nature Preserve Snowshoe Hike
3 Session Times: 10 am-Noon, 12:30-2:30 &                                     Saturday February 23, 2008
3-5 pm Cost: $35/person Staff contact: Alison Berry                           1-4 pm Staff contact: Alison Berry
For moderate to advanced riders. Children must be 12 and                      Little Traverse Conservancy is in the process of planning for a
above and have experience with riding. Back by popular                        new trail on the Oliver and Edna Birge Nature Preserve in the
demand! Join us again as we tour the beautiful Pigeon River                   Les Cheneaux area. This 435-acre preserve includes wild and
country side with local guide, Vern Bishop. Raised just a few                 varied habitat, including conifer swamp, shrub carr, and Great
miles from the Pigeon River State Forest, Vern has spent                      Lakes coastal marsh wetlands; mixed conifer/deciduous upland
many years guiding small groups for elk hunting, camping,                     forest; a small stream; and a small inland lake (Loon Lake).
and explorative pack trips. As a retired blacksmith and horse                 Presently, we’ve flagged the route for a two mile trail that starts
trimmer, Vern spends much of his time hunting and fishing                     out following “Old Wheel Road” (the route of the first road in
with his grandchildren when he is not out guiding trips.                      the area) and then runs cross-country through forest, swamp,
Relax around a campfire as you await your turn to venture                     ridge, and swale. Help provide valuable and needed input on
into the wilderness. Camp food, sandwiches and hot drinks                     the development of this trail while trekking the proposed route
will be provided. Three two-hour sessions allow six riders per                on snowshoes with LTC staff. Please note that this adventurous
session. Please call to register and inquire about trip logis-                outing will entail lots of bushwhacking! Snowshoes are avail-
tics. This trip fills up fast, so don’t wait long to sign up!                 able for loan from LTC if you don’t have your own pair.

Snapshots from fall field trips: (left) Artist Catherine Carey describes watercolor techniques at a workshop at Spring Lake Park. (right)
More than 25 horse lovers trailered their horses to the Goodhart Farms Farms Nature Preserve for a beautiful trail ride in September.

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Board of Trustees
Mark Paddock, Chair
Carlin Smith, Vice Chair
John W. Fischer, Treasurer
Michael J. FitzSimons, Secretary

Joey Arbaugh
Bunny Armstrong
John T. Baker
James Bartlett
Jack Batts
Ian R.N. Bund
Nadine Cain
Michael Cameron
Marilyn Damstra
Michael L. Dow
Frank Ettawageshik
Mary H. Faculak
Jeffrey S. Ford                             Left to Right, Front Row: Alison Berry, Melissa Hansen; Middle row: MaryAnn Griffin,
Gregg Garver                                Doug Fuller, Anne Fleming, Cindy Mom, Jan Wilkins; Back row: Kieran Fleming, Tom Bailey,
John A. Griffin                             Charles Dawley, Ty Ratliff, Jay Neff, Tom Lagerstrom
Arthur G. Hailand, Jr.
Richard K. Hodge
Carol Jackson
George Jury                                                                       Little Traverse
Dianne Litzenburger
Lisa Loyd
C. T. Martin                                                                    Christmas Wish List
William T. McCormick
Harriet K. McGraw
Rob Mossburg
                                       Wishing                                       - natural lands
                                                                                 to visit at any time
Richard E. Oelke
James S. Offield
                                        you and                                       - scenic views                           a
Marta Olson                                                                          for all to enjoy
Hamilton Schirmer
Mary Ann VanLokeren
Edward G. Voss                             yours                                 - clean water to                  wonderful
Charles S. Winston, Jr.                                                         drink and swim in
Joan Winston
(italics signify Trustee Emeritus)                                            - an hour a day
                                                                               of outside time
Thomas C. Bailey                                                               for every child                         season!

Thomas Lagerstrom

Mary Anne Griffin
Jan Wilkins

Alison Berry                         Little Traverse Conservancy, Inc.                                                        Non-Profit Org.
Melissa Hansen                       3264 Powell Road                                                                     U.S. POSTAGE PAID
                                                                                                                          Conway, MI 49722
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION              Harbor Springs, MI 49740-9469
Charles Dawley                       231.347.0991                                                                           Permit No. 908
Doug Fuller                          Address Service Requested
Cindy Mom

Kieran Fleming
Jay Neff
Ty Ratliff

Mikki Snyder VanVuren

Anne Fleming
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