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Subject: NATIVE PRAIRIE SEED COLLECTORS WANTED 
Author:  Department of Natural Resources publications list              
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Date:    9/21/00 1:12 PM


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 21 SEPT 00
CONTACT: Bob Clancy, 517-241-2055
     
NATIVE PRAIRIE SEED COLLECTORS WANTED
     
LANSING--The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is 
looking for volunteers to hand collect native prairie seed 
at several state parks and recreation areas across southern 
Michigan from late September through October.
Prairie grass seed from plants such as big bluestem, little 
bluestem, indian grass and other wildflowers will be 
collected for later planting by the State Park Stewardship 
Program, to help restore native prairie, oak savanna and 
dune ecosystems in various state parks.
Prior to European settlement, southern Michigan supported 
vast expanses of prairie and oak savanna. Today prairies and 
savannas persist only in tiny remnant patches, many in state 
parks. Seed collection is a key step in restoring these lost 
landscapes, but it is one that requires many hands. The 
simple and ancient technique of seed collecting is a unique 
opportunity to experience an old tradition of many cultures 
and a chance to do something positive for the natural 
resources of our state.
"This is a great opportunity to spend a few hours in some 
very rare and beautiful grasslands, while significantly 
helping to restore them," said Ray Fahlsing, State Park 
Stewardship Program Manger. "Seed collecting is a wonderful 
experience for the entire family and a lot of fun." No 
experience is necessary. The work is appropriate for school- 
age children and adults.
Volunteer workdays are scheduled for the following state 
parks: Algonac State Park, Fort Custer Recreation Area, 
Grand Mere and Warren Dunes State Parks, Highland Recreation 
Area, Island Lake Recreation Area, P.J. Hoffmaster State 
Park and Pinckney Recreation Area.
For more information including dates and times, call Bob 
Clancy at 517-241-2055, or visit the DNR Web site at 
www.dnr.state.mi.us and click on the state parks link.
     
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