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Here’s how to volunteer with Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy


TRAVERSE CITY – With spring in full swing in northern Michigan, the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy is looking for volunteers to help build new trails, restore natural habitats and care for more than 10,000 acres of conservation land.

One of the organization’s top priorities is eliminating invasive plants at Arcadia Dunes: CS Mott Nature Preserve and other unique properties. If left unchecked, invasive species like garlic mustard can quickly outgrow native plants that provide essential food and habitat for wildlife and pollinate crops. Removing these aggressive plants early in the season, before they spread, is key to allowing native wildflowers to thrive and maintaining the beauty and resilience of the region’s extraordinary lands.

“Volunteers are essential to the success of our mission,” Glen Chown, executive director of the GTRLC, said in a press release. “And with this season on the pitch shaping up to be the busiest yet, we’re going to need more hands than ever.”

The reserve also needs help building hiking trails in various reserves and nature areas in the region, and will host its first Community Science Saturday this month. At this event, participants are encouraged to record their observations of the natural world, which will help inform land management decisions.

For a full list of opportunities and to sign up as a volunteer, visit gtrlc.org/volunteer.

The mission of the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy is to protect important natural, scenic and agricultural lands – and to advance stewardship – now and for future generations. Since 1991, the reserve has protected nearly 46,000 acres of land and almost 150 miles of shoreline in counties Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Manistee.

Protection is achieved through a variety of tools, and all projects require the participation of willing landowners. The reserve also owns and manages 43 nature reserves and nature areas, which are open to the public. For more information, visit gtrlc.org.