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First Spring Lake Township burn day of 2012 is next Saturday

From: http://www.springlaketwp.org

Burn Days for 2012 are March 17, May 19, July 21, September 15 and November 17. A permit is required.

Leaves may not be burned, and burning is not allowed within 1400 feet of Ferrysburg or the Village of Spring Lake.

Visit http://www.springlaketwp.org/ for additional information.

Grand River Greenway Celebration continues with Ottawa County Park’s David Mazurek

Grand River Greenway Celebration continues with Ottawa County Park’s David Mazurek

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.  -- Maintenance and operations coordinator from the Ottawa County Parks, David Mazurek, will speak at the Loutit District Library, March 15, on the history and natural features of the Grand River.

New to kayaking or paddle boarding or wondering where to go, this session will talk about how to experience the best of the bountiful history of the Grand River, and the most exceptional natural features, while paddling the. Also, six of the most interesting paddling trips created especially for new paddlers by park staff-will be presented and discussed.

Mazurek has 25 year experience coordinating the maintenance and operations of the Ottawa County Parks. For the last couple years he has been developing information regarding the historical and natural features of the Grand River in Ottawa County in an effort to help new kayakers and paddle boarders become familiar with what the Grand River has to offer.

Local historian to speak on the life of Charles Langlade March 1

Local historian to speak on the life of Charles Langlade March 1

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- The earliest person of European ancestry to regularly visit what is now Grand Haven was Charles-Michel Mouet de Langlade who was ordered to open a trading post at the mouth of the Grand River by French military authorities in 1755.

Former Grand Haven Area Public School teacher and local historian, Paul Trap, will present the “Life and Times of Charles Langlade” as the Grand River Greenway Celebration series contiues at the Loutit District Library on March 1 at 7:00 p.m. in the Library’s Program Room A.

Spring Lake Township 2012 Burn Days

From: http://www.springlaketwp.org

Burn Days for 2012 are March 17, May 19, July 21, September 15 and November 17. A permit is required. Leaves may not be burned, and burning is not allowed within 1400 feet of Ferrysburg or the Village of Spring Lake.

Botanical specialist to speak on the Grand River Greenway February 16

Botanical specialist to speak on the Grand River Greenway February 16

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.  -- The Grand River cuts a wide swath through Ottawa County, twisting past steep ravines on the east side of the county and swirling past sand dunes on the west side. River, ravines, dunes, and all the ecosystems in between make up the natural features of Ottawa County. 

In this exploration of the county's ecology, naturalist/retired teacher Bill Martinus will talk about the outstanding physical features of the county and the wide diversity of plant and animal life found here as the yearlong celebration of the Grand River Greenway continues at the Loutit District Library, Thursday, February 16 at 7:00 p.m. in Program Room A.

Calvin College graduate Bill Martinus is a botanical specialist for Aamazon Natural Resources Consulting, LLC. He has conducted extensive plant and animal surveys of the Grand River corridor that included the identification, classification, and mapping of ecosystem communities.

Grand River Greenway Celebration series continues as local historian speaks at LDL

Grand River Greenway Celebration series continues as local historian speaks at LDL

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Local historian and Greenway event orgainizer Marjie Viveen presents “Ghost Parks on the Grand River Greenway” as the yearlong celebration of the Greenway’s contribution the the area continues on Thursday, February 2 at 7:00 p.m. at the Loutit District Library in Program Room A.

Viveen begins her program by highlighting whether looking for a building site or a park site, it’s location, location, location that matters. Before parks were formally developed on publicly owned lands, the most alluring of these waterfront properties were privately owned spaces where locals gathered, more often than not by invitation only.

DNR looking for volunteers in West Michigan

DNR looking for volunteers in West Michigan

From the Michigan Department of Resources:

Join in the effort to Go Get Outdoors and protect critical dune, prairie and forest habitats stretching from Berrien to Muskegon Counties! State recreation officials announced the schedule of volunteer stewardship activities for the month of February as part of the new Volunteer Steward program in Southwestern Michigan state parks and recreation areas.  Volunteering for these workdays is a great way to GO-Get Outdoors in many of our cherished state parks, breathe some fresh air, have fun and get a bit of exercise while enjoying beautiful scenery and precious landscapes. 

Volunteers can make a big impact by removing invasive, non-native shrubs in natural areas within state parks and recreation areas. Targeted invasive species include:  honeysuckle, autumn olive, barberry and Lombardy poplar.