National Great Outdoors Month was first created as a week-long celebration of our great outdoors under former President Clinton in 1998. It grew under both the Bush and Obama administrations to expand to a full, month-long celebration. Not only are we celebrating the natural world and all of its benefits, but also the economic advantages.
I hope you take time this month, and every month, to appreciate nature and realize that habitat matters.
Elberta Beach Baby's Breath
Three of six baby's breath workbees have been completed on Elberta Beach this summer. Our hardworking volunteers arrive with their sleeves rolled-up to tackle this beach invader which is no easy task - baby's breath has a tap root that can grow up to 12 feet deep! Thank you to everyone who participates as well as local businesses who provide discounts to volunteers - Stormcloud Brewing, Crescent Bakery, and The Cabbage Shed.
Japanese Knotweed Training
On June 3rd, ISN hosted a Japanese Knotweed Community Training in Manistee County-we spent the morning learning about the origin of knotweed, identification, and methods for controlling it. Thank you to everyone who participated.
AmeriCorps ID/GPS Training
On June 5th, ISN hosted an AmericCorps ID/GPS Training event at the Boardman River Nature Center. The event started indoors with a presentation which included training on ISN's Top 20 invasive species, basic GPS use, and mapping using MISIN protocols. Later in the day we took to the outdoors to continue with hands-on training. While in the field the group learned how to use their GPS to navigate to a point, estimate area/density, and more.
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