CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2017 VOLUNTEERS OF THE YEAR!
It is our pleasure to announce Bob and Sheridan Haack as GRNA's 2017 Volunteers of the Year. In addition to volunteering for numerous projects such as our biannual stream monitoring for aquatic insects and joining our Land Management Committee, Bob and Sheridan also conducted their own independent insect surveys on the property during 2017. Their passion to educate others and apply science-based conservation practices at GRNA is an inspiration to us all. Thank you Bob and Sheridan for all of your efforts at GRNA! Read more about Bob and Sheridan here.
GRNA INSTALLS NEW SIGNAGE - THANKS TO MPARKS GRANT!
New directional and wayfinding signage went up week of Dec 15th at GRNA! We received a substantial and generous grant through MParks Michigan Recreation and Park Association as well as funding from a private donor to support this project. The lumber used is long-lasting Black Locust, a non-native species of tree in Michigan with an extremely rot resistant heartwood. We are so grateful to have worked with the talented Gene Ullery-Smith at Gene Ullery-Smith Graphic Design as well as the enthusiastic crew at Image360 - Traverse City. And, Chelsea Bay Design created the new logo and brand earlier this year. It takes a village on a project like this! We thank the many volunteers who over the years contributed invaluable input to our long-term "signage plan". Now please, visit us this weekend and enjoy! Grass River is yours to explore...#puremichigan #antrimcounty #mparks#grassriverNA
THE FIELD GUIDE IS HERE!
GRNA, Inc. has published a field guide to the region! This book is an authoritative 152-page guide with color photography describing over 400 species in the Northwest Michigan region, including wildflowers, trees, fungi, insects, reptiles, amphibians, birds, mammals, and more! Once released, it will be for sale at Grass River Natural Area and local stores.
Go here for more information.
JULY 2016: ADDITIONAL 40 ACRES ADDED TO NATURAL AREA
GRNA NOW 1492 ACRES : A TIME FOR GRATITUDE
An additional FORTY contiguous acres has been added to Grass River Natural Area. Thanks to Antrim County for being a proactive partner in protecting Grass River's riparian corridor!
Knowing the parcel had unique ecological value, Antrim County commissioners were proactive in acquiring this 40 acre parcel through foreclosure methods with First Rights of Refusal. As a conservation partner and manager of Grass River Natural Area, GRNA, Inc. Board of Directors recommended the protection of this parcel and expressed the great benefits (water quality, wildlife habitat, biodiversity) of forested wetland habitat.
THANK YOU ALL for celebrating with us!
Below is a great resource. Read more about lowland conifer forests on page 46: http://www.miwaterstewardship.org/…/Michigan.Forest.Communi…
DECEMBER 2015: GRNA EXPANDS
Grass River Natural Area, Antrim County – On December 18, 2015, Grass River Natural Area, Inc. (GRNA) purchased an additional 9.066 acres of forested wetland located on the south shore of Clam Lake – an ecologically significant peninsula contiguous with existing GRNA land. This important addition enlarges GRNA’s protected lands from 1443 to 1452 total acres.
This acquisition could not have been possible without a substantial matching challenge grant from the J.A. Woollam Foundation and significant matching funds from Mr. and Mrs. Matt and Deb Knudstrup of Rapid City, MI. In addition, many generous donors have given to our Land Protection Fund over the years which aided in the preservation of this parcel. GRNA, Inc. Board of Directors, Executive Director, and staff could not be more grateful for the generosity of all who made this acquisition possible.
This particular parcel has been on GRNA, Inc’s priority list for about 30 years. It is not only significant in order to maintain high water quality within the Elk River Chain of Lakes Watershed but also to maintain the ecological integrity of wildlife habitat for species like the river otter, the common loon and several other species of waterfowl, diverse reptiles and amphibians, and sensitive wetland plant species.
Grass River Natural Area’s (established in 1969) very first conservation efforts centered on acquisition of vital lands that offered resource protection of the Grass River and associated tributaries and wetlands. This 9.066 acre parcel has been a very important “piece of that puzzle” and is finally protected in perpetuity.
BOARDWALK PLANNING GRANT
In December 2015, GRNA Inc received an $8,000 planning grant from the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation. The Land Use & Conservation Planning grant funds will specifically be used to work with an engineering firm to develop preliminary concept plans. They will also provide an estimate for replacement of 1.5 miles of wetland boardwalk of the existing trail system based on the established alignment and trail routes. Stay tuned for more information as the plan develops!
TOP 10 NORTHERN MICHIGAN SUMMER ESCAPES
In July 2012, "Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine" listed Grass River Natural Area as one of the top ten Northern Michigan Summer Escapes (read the full article).