Garlic Mustard Pull, Cedar River Cleanup

For Friday, April 26, 2019


1 – The Little Forks Conservancy is looking for volunteers for an upcoming event to remove the invasive species garlic mustard from one of its preserves.

Last year, the plant was found growing at a conservancy preserve (Szok) in Midland County’s Pine Haven Recreation Area along the Salt River.

Garlic mustard spreads quickly through the woods and can outcompete native plants.

The conservancy along with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has planned a workday for Monday, April 29, from 3:30-6 p.m. to pull the invasive plant from the forest.

garlic mustard invasive plant
Credit: Plant Image Library

After volunteers pull and bag the garlic mustard, the weight of the haul will be submitted to The Stewardship Network’s Spring Invasive Species Challenge.

No experience is necessary and volunteers will meet in the parking lot at Pine Haven Recreation Area.

You may RSVP to Mindee Goodrum at or call at 989-835-4886. All ages are welcome.


2 – The newly named Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) celebrated Earth Day this week by announcing grants to fund river, stream and creek cleanup events in 14 communities around the state.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality recently took on the new name under a reorganization by Gov. Whitmer.

Michigan’s Volunteer River, Stream, and Creek Cleanup Program provides grants to local units of government to clean and improve Michigan waterways.

Local governments often partner with nonprofit organizations or other volunteer groups for the cleanups, which include removal of trash and other debris from streams and stream banks.

The groups selected to receive a total of $29,000 in funds include: the Gladwin Conservation District, for a Cedar River cleanup.

The cleanup grant program is funded by the sale of the state’s water quality protection license plates.

– Mr. Great Lakes is heard Friday mornings in Bay City, Michigan, on Delta College Q-90.1 FM NPR. Follow @jeffkart on Twitter #MrGreatLakes


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