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Here's Your Chance: Grand Traverse Regional Conservancy is Looking for 200 Volunteers on Earth Day

Sometimes it's hard to figure out how to step in and help out. Here's a terrific way to make a difference while spending Earth Day in a spectacular landscape.

On Saturday, April 24th, join the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy staff and volunteers for an Earth Day work-bee at Arcadia Dunes: The C.S. Mott Preserve, located along Lake Michigan off of M-22 just a few miles south of Frankfort. Volunteers can come for an hour or spend the whole morning outdoors helping improve this truly spectacular site.

There will be four concurrent work sessions from 9 am -1 pm. The Conservancy is seeking 150 people to assist with a first-ever Bucket Brigade to restore dune erosion; 15 people to assist with planting 600 trees; 15 people to spruce up 15 miles of trails; and 20 people to remove trash from a former dumpsite. Volunteers are invited to bring a picnic lunch to the site and enjoy the wonders of the preserve from 1 - 2pm. Please RSVP to Lee at (231) 929-7911 or lee@gtrlc.org.

The meeting location for this event is the Old Baldy Trailhead parking area along M-22, just south of the Joyfield Road intersection. From the meeting site, volunteers will be led by Regional Land Conservancy representatives to different work locations within the nature preserve. Volunteers should dress for the weather and be prepared for moderate off-trail hiking over uneven terrain. Depending on the selected assignment, work may require handling potentially sharp objects; volunteers are encouraged to bring their own work gloves and drinking water.

Arcadia Dunes: The C.S. Mott Preserve, is a 3,000+ acre dune and forested area that has been permanently protected from development and is now managed by the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy. Over 2,500 acres of working farms and forests surround the nature preserve, making this landscape-level conservation project one of the largest ever completed by a local land trust in the Midwest. Conservancy staff and volunteers have developed miles of hiking and biking trails that meander through the site which provide access to the property’s forests, unmatched views, and unique natural features, including “Old Baldy” – a distinctive dune face overlooking Lake Michigan.

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About the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy: The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy’s mission is to protect significant natural, scenic, and farm lands, and advance stewardship – now and for all future generations. Since 1991, the Conservancy has protected over 33,000 acres of land and nearly 100 miles of irreplaceable shoreline in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Manistee counties. The Conservancy also owns and manages 34 nature preserves which are open to the public. For more information, please visit www.gtrlc.org.

Directions to Arcadia Dunes: The C.S. Mott Preserve Work Site:
Take US-31 south through Benzonia. Turn right on Joyfield Road. Turn left on M-22, heading south.
Continue south about ½ mile to the Old Baldy Trailhead parking lot.

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Tags: arcadia dunes, earth day, earth day traverse city, grand traverse regional land conservancy, volunteer earth day, volunteer traverse city

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