Volunteers play big role in Michigan efforts

Volunteers in Michigan helped with native plantings at project sites.

By Jeremy Geist 

Several initiatives in Michigan are helping Trout Unlimited connect with the public to improve habitat and to guard against threats to native fish and wildlife populations.

“Trout and Trees” aims to educate the public about the importance of the connection between streams and their adjacent (riparian) forests. TU secured funding from the USDA’s State and Private Forestry – Landscape Scale Restoration initiative to implement  the program.

The project will also include native riparian plantings and in-stream habitat restoration throughout state- and privately-owned properties.

During the field season of 2018, TU volunteers were active in several major efforts.

Volunteers lent a big hand with native plantings at project sites and in conducting habitat surveys and temperature monitoring in the Little Manistee, Big Manistee, Pine and Pere-Marquette River watersheds.

Additionally, TU volunteers assisted in invasive species monitoring across the state helping to track and monitor populations of the relatively recently arriving invasive species, the New Zealand Mud Snail.

Jeremy Geist is TU’s Great Lakes stream restoration manager in Northern Michigan.

By Mark Taylor. A native of rural southern Oregon, Mark Taylor has lived in Virginia since serving a stint as a ship-based naval officer in Norfolk. He joined the TU staff in 2014 after a 20-year run as a newspaper journalist, the final 16 as the outdoors editor of the Roanoke Times. A graduate of Northwestern University, he lives in Roanoke with his wife and, when they're home from college, his twin daughters.