GLADWIN – The Gladwin Conservation District has recently been awarded a grant from the Gladwin County Community Foundation (GCCF). The GCCF was established to serve the residents of Gladwin County, with a focus of fulfilling the charitable goals of the county and making philanthropic giving easy, efficient and effective. The mission of the GCCF is to strengthen the community by providing leadership, fostering collaboration on local needs and issues, and encouraging a legacy of giving through grants, scholarships, and events.
This project aims to relocate obstructions along a 10 mile stretch of the Cedar River from the city of Gladwin to the city of Beaverton. These obstructions currently prevent recreation from occurring along the stretch of river. Other components of the project include reforestation efforts along the river stretch that will utilize volunteers and students from Beaverton and Gladwin schools, educational workshops to inform landowners of wise forest management techniques and conservation options, ways to reduce stream-bank erosion on their property, invasive species and eradication methods, as well as future river cleanups to be held to keep the river in good condition for years to come. The project also ties into other investments and past projects that have already occurred along the Cedar River in both Gladwin and Beaverton, while promoting connectivity between the two cities.
The grant funds provided a total of $10,000 and will be used for planning, equipment, and contracting. Gladwin Conservation District has now raised over $20,000 in funds to support this project. They are partnering with Little Forks Conservancy in coordinating various phases of the project, including planning, volunteer organization, and educational workshops for the community. “We are excited to see additional funding to assist the Gladwin Conservation District with this great project along the Cedar River between Gladwin and Beaverton that will benefit recreational opportunities, improve habitat, and provide educational opportunities for community members. We look forward to partnering with the Gladwin Conservation District on working on this important project.” commented Elan Lipschitz, Director of Land Conservation for the Little Forks Conservancy.
The Cedar River is an important natural and recreational resource in the area, including one of the only stretches of Blue-Ribbon Trout Stream in the Saginaw Bay Watershed. This watershed is the largest in the state of Michigan, spanning 5.5 million acres and 22 counties. It runs throughout Gladwin County and is a vital part of not only the recreational lives of the county residents, but also an integral element of the county’s ecosystem.
The Gladwin Conservation District was organized in March 1953 and is governed by a five-member board of directors serving four-year terms. Michigan’s Conservation Districts were created to serve as stewards of natural resources and take an ecosystem approach to conservation. “Conservation districts are structured in a way that allows us to provide localized solutions to our community’s natural resource and environmental needs. We can be very responsive, which is what makes our work and projects like this so exciting!” says Tristan Hewitt, Gladwin Conservation District Administrator.
For more details or if interested in volunteering to help with this project, email Tristan at Tristan.Hewitt@macd.org or call 989-426-9461 ext. 3232.