Our annual meeting will be held on Saturday, July 9 with a picnic lunch at 12:00 and the business meeting starting at 1. It will be held in the newly cleaned and restored Discovery Center at Pigeon River Country DNR Headquarters. We hope to see you there!
Our current 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 are partners with the Otsego County Historical Society as we build a Discovery Center in the old 1930's built CCC Unit Manager's Cabin at Forest Headquarters pictured here.
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.
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It's Trillium time in the Pigeon River Country!
Dale Franz, our newsletter editor and author of Pigeon River Country, will host readings and discussions at Saturn Booksellers this summer
Dale Franz, author of Pigeon River Country, will host a series of readings and discussions of his book, starting at 6 p.m. Friday, June 3, at Saturn Booksellers in downtown Gaylord, and continuing on the first Friday of every month.
“It’s all interesting to me,” he said, “but there are parts that are pretty deep in my psyche, and I’d like to share those most meaningful parts with other people in the room, particularly about our connection with natural things. Some of this—such as singing mice—can be rather fun,” Franz notes.
In preparing for the early fall opening of the Pigeon River Country Discovery Center in the middle of the forest, Franz found himself reviewing his book, first published by the Pigeon River Country Association in 1985, and revised by him for publication in 2007 by the University of Michigan Press. “I see us trying even now to understand the intimate ties we have with the outdoors, whether we are walking through the forest or just thinking about the weather on the way to our car.”
“We know there is a lot of interest in the topic,” says Saturn Booksellers’ owner Jill Miner. “We had a full house when Dale was here to introduce the new edition of his book. I think anyone interested in nature in general or specifically in the Pigeon will find the series interesting.”
A career journalist and editor in Michigan, Virginia, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, Franz moved to Gaylord in 1976. He has managed Apollo Schultz Bookseller, operated a photo studio, and been a land use planner. Later in Ann Arbor he organized and taught half a dozen courses on American philosopher William James for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Michigan. He returned to Gaylord in 2014.
Franz plans to do the readings at the discovery center after it opens in the former log residence next to headquarters in the 106,700-acre forest, located east of Vanderbilt and Wolverine. Meanwhile, Saturn Booksellers will host the monthly discussions upstairs at the store, 133 W. Main Street in Gaylord. The evenings will be free and open to the public.