Here is a slide show of the photos with captions described by Rudi Edel in his report. The Discovery Center is open!
Friday, March 10 the Discovery Center had an Owl Prowl. Here is a slide show of some of the activities.
We actually have the elk mount that will be in this window. We did not put it in yet simply to protect it while we are in heavier construction in different rooms. See the elk release photo below.
Annakathryn Parker, our 2015 intern, went through the State archives searching out all material related to the Pigeon River Country, copying pictures and documents for the Discovery Center, and made a presentation to the Advisory Council at their Fall meeting. She has found a great deal of material about the elk in the PRC. Here are a couple of archival photos, one of their release and a second of the monarch of the forest.
At the October 2014 meeting the Pigeon River Country Country Advisory Council (PRCAC) discussed some of our ideas and passed a motion in support. As now envisioned the Discovery Center will be overseen by a Steering Committee with representatives from PRCA, OCHS, PRCAC, DNR and the Lunden family. We have now signed a long term lease with the DNR, had a volunteer day (see slide show under Discovery Center) which resulted in a new solid path from DNR Headquarters to the Discovery Center with native Michigan flowers along the way, and are planning a fund drive to establish an endowment fund. Your help would be appreciated.
This is a picture of a room in the Unit Manager's Cabin at DNR Forest Headquarters built in 1935 by a CCC camp in the PRC. We propose to make this into a historical Discovery Center with the help of the Otsego County Historical Society (OCHS), the Pigeon River Advisory Council, the DNR, and the Lunden family.