Preserves Tag

A Forest in Recovery

This summer, 5 acres of pine trees will be removed from Brower Lake Nature Preserve. But why would we cut down perfectly healthy trees? Unlikely as it may seem, sometimes cutting down trees is the best way to help an ecosystem flourish. Removing pine trees...

Sunny Side Up

The following post is from Preserved! artist Kathy Mohl. The post was originally posted at http://kathymohl.fineartstudioonline.com/blog where you can see more of her work. Learn more about the Preserved! art program here. I recently had the pleasure of painting at the Upper Macatawa Natural Area and was delighted...

Painting among the Lupine

The following post is from Preserved! artist Michael Pfleghaar. The post was originally posted at http://blog.pfleghaar.com where you can see more of his work. Learn more about the Preserved! art program here. Today was my first outing of Preserved! 2017 at the Maas Family Nature Preserve near Rockford,...

Lupine in the Oak Savanna

The following post is from Preserved! artist Kathleen Kalinowski. The post was originally posted at kathleenkalinowski.com where you can see more of her work. Learn more about the Preserved! art program here. During the past week I have had the privilege of plein air painting several times in...

Prescribed Fire in Pictures

Each spring, as plants respond to the lengthening days with new buds, leaves, and flowers, the Land Conservancy begins a dose of prescribed burns across many of the Conservancy's nature preserves. Several of the preserves contain ecosystems that depend on occasional fires to keep them...

A Little Prairie Bog Magic

The following post is from guest blogger, Cindy Crosby. The post originally appeared on her blog, Tuesdays in the Tallgrass. “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being...

Planting a Prairie

Restoring Land, Restoring Hope. On Black Friday, 23 people came out to Saul Lake Bog Nature Preserve and planted a prairie. While the rest of America was out fighting crowds, standing in line, and getting into altercations over parking spots, 23 people were outside, breathing fresh...

A Wetland Come to Life

When it comes to restoring natural areas, instant gratification is hard to come by. Most ecological stewardship projects take a long time to unfold. Progress is marked in increments of years, decades, or even longer. If you plant a forest, for example, don’t plan on...

Help us Photograph Change

Creating Images of Changing Landscapes with your Photos Fifteen years ago, Lamberton Lake Fen was at the brink of becoming permanently overrun by the invasive glossy buckthorn. The buckthorn threatened to destroy the endangered plants and animals living there and rid the City of Grand Rapids...

Prairie Meditations at Saul Lake Bog

A winter visit to Saul Lake Bog Nature Preserve There aren’t many bogs near Grand Rapids and Saul Lake Bog has everything a good bog needs. It has insectivorous plants, those fantastical species that lure insects with their sweetness and devour them for their nutrients. It...

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