Saginaw Bay Resiliency Summit, New Nature Preserve

For Friday, Aug. 10, 2018

1 – A Saginaw Bay Resiliency Summit is planned for Wednesday, Aug. 15, in Frankenmuth.

The free summit is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center on Reese Road in Frankenmuth.

The event is meant for decision-makers, planners, residents and other partners.

At the summit, attendees will learn more about the impact of extreme storms and flooding in the Saginaw Bay region while also exploring resiliency strategies.

Topics include hazard mitigation and green infrastructure.

There also will be time for networking over a provided lunch.

Registration is required.

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2 – A Northern Michigan nonprofit has taken ownership of its first nature preserve. Huron Pines of Gaylord is now seeking additional support from the public.

Last week, the conservation organization’s executive director signed the title to an 80-acre property near Hubbard Lake in Alcona County.

Huron Pines plans to turn the donated property  into a nature preserve for residents, visitors, students and organizations to enjoy.

The heavily wooded property is home to mature red oaks and white pines with two miles of trails for year-round recreation. It includes a former home and an outbuilding that will be used as classroom, meeting and office space.

Huron Pines is raising funds to start an endowment for the preserve and cover the initial costs for maintenance, signs and parking.

They’re seeking $65,000 in private funding to make the preserve fully accessible to the public.

A fundraising page has been set up at

– Mr. Great Lakes is heard at 9:30 a.m. Fridays in Bay City, Michigan, on Delta College Q-90.1 FM NPR. Follow @jeffkart on Twitter #MrGreatLakes


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