The Department of Natural Resources recently announced the February schedule of volunteer stewardship activities at state parks and recreation areas in southwest Michigan.
Volunteers are needed to cut invasive, non-native shrubs, like Japanese barberry and honeysuckle, from high-quality forested dunes and prairies. This activity is a great way to enjoy time outdoors in the winter while restoring unique ecosystems and learning more about them.
Workday dates, locations (counties) and times include:
Saturday, Feb. 7: Yankee Springs Recreation Area (Barry) 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 14: Muskegon State Park (Muskegon), 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 21: Ionia State Recreation Area (Ionia), 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 22: Saugatuck Dunes State Park (Allegan), 1-4 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 28: Fort Custer Recreation Area (Kalamazoo), 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Volunteers should bring work gloves, drinking water and appropriate clothing for outdoor work, including long pants and sturdy, closed-toe shoes. No experience is necessary and all tools will be provided.