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Winter 2007-2008 Volume XXIX No. 4 Rogers Family The Homestead Preserve 86 ACRES & 1.2 MILES JORDAN RIVER FRONTAGE sk Marguerite (Rogers) Stokes what year she was A 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 CHARLEVOIX COUNTY 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. (Proposed) 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. 7 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. 2 - www.landtrust.org Land Protection This is How EMMET COUNTY This Land Should Be EASEMENT DONATED OVER 160-ACRE “RED-TAIL WOODS” 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!” 7 www.landtrust.org – 3 Land Protection CHEBOYGAN COUNTY , 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 AD RO unique wetland attributes. A leadership grant E from the Schoenleber Foundation helped ILL SV make the purchase possible. G G RI Protecting Scenic Road Corridor ADJACENT PROPERTY OWNERS DONATE EASEMENTS 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 7 remain in a natural state for all time. 4 - www.landtrust.org Land Protection Newly Purchased MACKINAC COUNTY Brothers Protect more than 127 acres of Mackinac Bay (conservation easements) Shoreline 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. 7 www.landtrust.org – 5 Land Protection CHEBOYGAN COUNTY Elk Foundation Partners with Conservancy 320 ACRES OF ELK HABITAT PROTECTED 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.” 7 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. 6 - www.landtrust.org Land Protection CHIPPEWA COUNTY Securing 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. Land 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.” 7 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. www.landtrust.org – 7 Stewardship 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. 8 - www.landtrust.org Stewardship 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. visit www.invasiveplants.net/phragmites. 7 Trail Update: Susan Creek/Taimi Hoag EY n our Fall newsletter we briefly reported on the completion I SK TO PE of the trail system linking the Conservancy’s Susan Creek TO Preserve with the Little Traverse Bay Bands’ Taimi Hoag BIG Natural Area near Charlevoix. To left is a map showing the RO trail systems which consist of Red and Blue trail loops totaling CK RO owned by Little Traverse Bay 1.8 miles. Please note that no bikes or horses are allowed on AD 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 there. 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! 7 This fall, 88 private properties protected with conservation easements were monitored by Stewardship staff. www.landtrust.org – 9 Business Members Bear Cove Marina Mr. John Frey 20 Bearcub Outfitters Gattle’s Dr. Jeff and Deanna Beaudoin Glenwood Custom Builders BUSINESS AND Beaver Island Boat Company Gingerbread House FRIENDS and BENEFACTORS Becky Thatcher Designs Graham Real Estate SUPPORT (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 10 - www.landtrust.org 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 www.landtrust.org – 11 Education Creating the Opportunity 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.’” 12 - www.landtrust.org 7 Education 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 (www.acornnaturalists.com) would be greatly appreciated. Look for animal tracks and other signs of animals V 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. www.landtrust.org – 13 New Trustees landowners, especially those with farmland.” Mary also hopes to help the Conservancy continue to expand its work New 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. 14 - www.landtrust.org information out to even more 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. www.landtrust.org – 15 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 (www.joellake.com) 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. Robinson Mr. and Mrs. William D. Saal 16 - www.landtrust.org Happy 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 Anniversary 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 www.snowcrystals.com 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 www.landtrust.org – 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 around. Years ago, I remember predictions that t has been fascinating to me to shifts in our culture would give people I 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 - www.landtrust.org 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. www.landtrust.org – 19 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 Conservancy’s 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 holiday of outside time Staff Thomas C. Bailey for every child season! EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Thomas Lagerstrom ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR Mary Anne Griffin Jan Wilkins ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF 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 LAND STEWARDSHIP Kieran Fleming Jay Neff Ty Ratliff LAND PROTECTION Mikki Snyder VanVuren EDITOR Anne Fleming COMMUNICATIONS Since 1972, more than 34,000 acres and 92 miles of shoreline have been protected in the Little Traverse This newsletter is printed on recycled paper with Conservancy’s five-county service area. 30% post-consumer waste and vegetable-based inks.
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