GLADWIN – Own inland lake or riverfront property, or know someone who does? The Little Forks Conservancy is partnering with the Clare and Gladwin Conservation Districts to provide a training about the importance of natural shorelines on our lakes and rivers and ways to improve your own shoreline. This workshop will be held Aug. 29 at 6 p.m.; we will meet in the Community Building of Gladwin City Park, 240 Cayuga St, Gladwin.

“Shorelines are considered just the first 35 feet of land from the water’s edge. By taking measures to protect the shoreline you minimize erosion and create a beautiful space while still accessing the water,” says Sara Huetteman Stewardship Coordinator for Little Forks Conservancy. “Together we can improve the health of the watershed by making small changes at our own homes.”

Not only does the habitat on your shoreline effect water quality but 67 percent of threatened or endangered birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians in Michigan spend all or part of their lives in shoreline habitat according to Conservation Guidelines for Michigan Land and Associated Natural Resources. 

This workshop will be taught by Nia Becker, Forester with Conservation Districts and Sara Huetteman from Little Forks Conservancy. The training will define what shorelines habitat looks like, what’s being done in the watershed currently, and demonstrate how to assess your own shoreline. We will have a brief group discussion about how your community utilizes the waterways and improvements needed. We will end the evening with a field portion to assess the City Parks Shoreline. There is a small fee of $11 for this event but you will leave with three native plants for your shoreline! Registration is found on littleforks.org/events where you will sign up and pay the class fee using Eventbrite©. Attendees must be registered by 5 p.m. on Aug. 22.   

This offering is one of the many educational opportunities as part of the Conservancy’s Stewardship Series. For more details call 989-835-4886 or visit www.littleforks.org/stewardship-series.

The Little Forks Conservancy aims to permanently protect and improve the natural environments of mid-Michigan by leading and inspiring action to conserve vital habitats and waterways for the benefit of our entire community. 

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