Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced the January schedule of volunteer stewardship workdays at state parks in southern Michigan.

Volunteers are needed to cut invasive, non-native shrubs like glossy buckthorn, autumn olive, Japanese barberry, multi-flora rose and others to help restore important ecosystems. These activities are a great way to enjoy the outdoors while restoring high-quality, unique ecosystems and learning more about them.

Details, maps and directions can be found on the DNR website, www.michigan.gov/dnrvolunteers.

Workday dates, locations and times include:

Southwest Michigan

Saturday, Jan. 9: Fort Custer Recreation Area (Kalamazoo), 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 23: Yankee Springs Recreation Area (Barry), 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 24: Saugatuck Dunes State Park (Allegan), 1-4 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 30: Fort Custer Recreation Area (Kalamazoo), 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 31: Warren Dunes State Park (Berrien), 1-4 p.m.

Volunteers should bring work gloves, drinking water and appropriate clothing for outdoor work, including long pants and sturdy, closed-toe shoes.

All volunteers are asked to register using the form available on the DNR website or via email. Any questions should be directed to Heidi Frei at 517-202-1360 or freih@michigan.gov for southwest Michigan parks.

 

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