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Habitat Profile: Oak Savanna

Oak savannas (sometimes called oak barrens or oak openings) are transitional habitats between tallgrass prairies and oak forests. They tend to be very diverse because they contain both forest and prairie species. Oak savannas are maintained by periodic fire, which encourages oak regeneration but keeps...

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2019 Native Plant Sales in West Michigan

We are finally inching toward more spring-like conditions here in West Michigan, and what better way to usher them in than with some daydreaming about native plant gardening? There are already sales happening throughout our service area. Browse plant catalogs, place your orders and mark...

Working together to protect Hamlin Lake

Sand dunes, forests, wetlands, and streams—all contribute to the character and appeal of Hamlin Lake. Located just north of Ludington, this 5,000 acre lake is fed by the Big Sable River. In recent months, two separate conservation projects collectively protected over 300 acres of the...

2018 Year in Review

As 2018 comes to a close, we look back on another whirlwind year. We added conservation agreements, helped with a major public acquisition, said goodbye to a few of our longtime staff and welcomed new staff, and we continue to be driven by a growing...

Overcoming Oak Wilt

It was confirmed: oak wilt had claimed the lives almost all the red and black oaks across this section of woods. Oak wilt is a disease caused by the non-native fungus Ceratocystis fagacearum, and is lethal to oak trees. But as devastating as oak wilt...

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