Our next major project is helping with the Pigeon River Country Discovery Center. Here is some information, but see the Current Newsletter or Discovery Center page for more details.
WE SIGNED THE LEASE!!
Here is a picture of Stewart Smith, our President, with Steve Milford, the DNR representative, right after the signing of the 25 year lease on the former CCC built Unit Manager's Cabin last summer. Standing behind them is the PRCA Board.
The Pigeon River Country Discovery Center was just designated as a signature project for the AmeriCorps program in Michigan. On May 20th AmeriCorps volunteers and other community volunteers will gather at the Discovery Center building to work on a variety of projects as identified below. YOU ARE INVITED to be one of the participants for this fun filled day.
Volunteers who register using the "survey monkey" system that is identified in the flyer (open file below) will receive a free T shirt plus lunch.
There will be approximately 100-110 volunteers at the site. Some of the many volunteer opportunities are: painting, wall washing, planting wild flowers and trees/shrubs, creating an ADA pathway between the PRCSF Headquarters building and the new Discovery Center, power washing two buildings, and brushing a trail. Please dress for work and the possibility of being wet or getting paint on you. (old clothes).
Please plan on arriving by 8:45 AM.
Directions: from the Vanderbilt intersection at the light, drive 12 miles due east on Sturgeon Valley Road. Turn left at the intersection where paved road ends and travel north one mile. The building will be on your left. Parking is in the lot designated for the High Country Pathway parking.
Thank you and, if you have the time to come, I am looking forward to seeing you at this fun day.
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Pigeon River seen from Webb Road
Our new map of the High Country Pathway and the Pigeon River Country is now available! It has up to date ownership, trail, and forest information. The new map costs $9 plus $1.50 for shipping and is available under Maps/Membership/Donations. Our Holiday Special has ended but you can still get the new map and Dale Franz' paperback book "The Pigeon River Country" by ordering them separately. The book includes some very interesting reminiscences from old timers as well as current information on the PRC.
As always your dollars support an intern working in the Pigeon River Country State Forest.
Projects in Pigeon River Country
We are now involved in two major projects in the Pigeon River Country.
1) We are partners with Trout Unlimited as we help Golden Lotus plan for the drawdown of the pond and the removal of the 80 year old Song of the Morning Ranch dam in a manner that will minimize damage to the Pigeon River. We are delighted that this has now been accomplished! See the photo above.
2) We are partners with the Otsego County Historical Society as we build an Historical Interpretive Center in the old 1930's CCC built Unit Manager's Cabin at Forest Headquarters pictured above.
Spruce Budworm Threat
The DNR is requesting a variance to harvest some at-risk stands of balsam fir and/or white spruce within the Pigeon River Country because of an anticipated spruce budworm outbreak. Forest health experts for the DNR have determined that a spruce budworm outbreak is imminent within the State of Michigan. Defoliation events as a result of the budworm have been documented in the Upper Peninsula as well as isolated occurrences in the Lower Peninsula. At-risk stands are those with a high percentage of mature to over-mature balsam fir and white spruce in the forest canopy. Proposed harvests will result in the regeneration of these species while capturing the value of the wood resource before it becomes unusable due to decay. See DNR Announcement page for a map and more details. Contact the PRC Headquarters with questions or comments.