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E-M:/ Volunteers Needed for Stewardship Workdays in Southeast Michigan



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Enviro-Mich message from "Richard Morscheck" <morscher@michigan.gov>
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 31, 2006

Contact: Laurel Malvitz 248-359-9057 or Richard Morscheck 517-373-9265

Volunteers Needed for Stewardship Workdays in Southeast Michigan

State recreation officials today announced the schedule of volunteer stewardship workdays to be held throughout September in southeast Michigan state parks and recreation areas.

Volunteers are needed to cut and pile invasive, nonnative shrubs at most locations and to plant native grass plugs at Sterling State Park Sept. 30, in honor of National Public Lands Day. These efforts will help restore the unique natural areas in these state parks.
 
Dates, times and locations of the workdays are as follows:

*  Saturday, Sept. 2     Island Lake Recreation Area (Livingston Co.), 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
*  Saturday, Sept. 9     Bald Mountain Recreation Area (Oakland Co.), 9 a.m. to noon
*  Sunday, Sept. 10	     Algonac State Park (St. Clair Co.), 1 to 4 p.m.
*  Saturday, Sept. 16   Waterloo Recreation Area (Jackson Co.), 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
*  Sunday, Sept. 17      Pinckney Recreation Area (Washtenaw Co.), 1 to 4 p.m.
*  Saturday, Sept. 23   Brighton Recreation Area (Livingston Co.), 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
*  Sunday, Sept. 24      Highland Recreation Area (Oakland Co.), 1 to 4 p.m.
*  Saturday, Sept. 30   Sterling State Park (Monroe Co.), 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Volunteers should bring appropriate clothing for their outdoor work, including long pants, boots, gloves, eye protection and drinking water.
 
For information about the specific tasks at each location and to obtain directions, visit the DNR Web site at www.michigan.gov/dnrvolunteers. All volunteers are asked to register online using the form that is available on the Web site.
 
All motor vehicles entering a Michigan State Park or Recreation Area must display a Motor Vehicle Permit, available for purchase at the entrance. Cost is $24 for a resident annual and $6 for a resident daily. A nonresident annual is $29 and a nonresident daily is $8.

The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state?s natural resources for current and future generations.

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