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Jack Pine Planting Day
May 1 @ 9:00 am
Friends of the Kirtland’s Warbler: Jack Pine Planting Day is on!
Please join us at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 1, 2021, for an opportunity to help the Kirtland’s Warbler. Volunteers will gather on Stephan Bridge Road, about a quarter mile south of Four Mile Road, with the goal of planting more than 1,100 trees on a one-acre site. The site is about 10.5 miles east-southeast of Grayling, Michigan. The Kirtland’s Warbler Alliance and its partners – Huron Pines and the Michigan DNR – have developed a COVID policy designed to guide the day’s activities and keep participants as safe as possible. We all look forward to the day when we can freely mix and mingle again. Until then, we appreciate everyone’s cooperation.
The DNR annually cuts and replants more than 1,000 acres of jack pine forests in northeastern Michigan to support the jack pine ecosystem. As part of the process, the DNR annually reserves a small plot for volunteers like you to plant.
Volunteers should know that early May weather is unpredictable, so please dress according to the weather forecast. No matter the weather, volunteers must wear sturdy boots as they will be stepping over and around old tree stumps, limbs and trenches. Work gloves are optional but helpful. The level of effort is considered moderate. There is no heavy lifting, but there is considerable bending, stooping and digging. There will be a porta-potty on site but you will need to bring your own water and snacks/food. Because of COVID we will not be providing food or allow anyone to share.
RSVPs are kindly requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the names of all the members of your party and the best way to reach you in case of a last-minute COVID-related cancellation.