Join us, rain or shine, to experience the interconnectedness of land, animals, nature and you.
Saturday, October 14th 10 am to 2 pm Pasture is located at the corner of Graves and Lobb roads, Frankfort Lunch is provided! PRE-REGISTER: Contact the Benzie Conservation District, 231.882.4391; firstname.lastname@example.org Suggested donation: $5 Wrap Up: Help us move the cattle!
Presenters include: Scott Hughey, NRCS, District Conservationist Cheryl Gross, Plant It Wild, President Nate Walton, MSU Extension, Consumer Horticulture Program Coordinator Kay Charter, Saving Birds through Habitat, Executive Director Kelly Lively, Citizens' Climate Lobby, Northwest Michigan Volunteer Doug Carmichael, Savory Institute/MSU Lake City Research Center, Farm Manager
Please dress for the weather, and the land (boots to handle the "cowpies").
What: Benzie Conservation District is hosting a shoreline cleanup in conjunction with the Alliance for the Great Lakes’ annual September Adopt-a-Beach™ event, part of the International Coastal Cleanup. Thousands of volunteers turn out each September to pick up trash along Great Lakes beaches and shorelines, record their findings, and track environmental conditions that contribute to beach health.
When: Saturday, September 16th, 2017; 10 am to 12 pm
Where: Elberta Dunes Lake Michigan Beach, Elberta
Why: Participants enhance beaches by picking up trash and recording their findings in the Alliance for the Great Lakes’ online Adopt-a-Beach™ system. This information is logged into the online system, made accessible to the public and shared with local beach health officials as well as others working toward improvements.
Please register with the Benzie Conservation District! Contact Aimé Merizon, outreach coordinator, 231.882.4391 x 11; email@example.com.
Some Interesting Facts about Elberta, Michigan
Most people are familiar with the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, which begins north of Frankfort and Crystal Lake. But what about the sandy hills south of the town of Elberta? Has anyone heard of EDNA? Her full name spells out to be Elberta Dunes South Natural Area. Here’s how the Village of Elberta describes her:
“EDNA is our most recent addition to the Village Parks. Rising to 225′ above Lake Michigan, EDNA rewards hikers with beautiful panoramic views of the Betsie River Wildlife Refuge and the Lake Michigan Shoreline. The hike is moderately difficult and venturing off the path is not encouraged to avoid dune erosion and poison ivy. EDNA is at the southernmost part of the Village and is accessed by a parking area off M-22. ENDA can also be entered by bicycles and pedestrians from the south end of Lincoln Ave.”
And more facts excerpted from the Village’s “Elberta Dunes South Natural Area Management Plan”:
The Elberta Dunes South Natural Area consists of 63 acres of open and forested dunes, meadow, and shoreline, with over 1,400 feet of Lake Michigan frontage.
The Natural Area’s ridgelines offer spectacular views of Lake Michigan, Betsie Lake, the Betsie River State Game Area, and the Betsie River Valley; and its forests, field, and dune areas are home to a variety of plants and wildlife species.
This unique property has long been used by the public for recreation, and in 2011 was officially purchased and designated by the Village of Elberta as a public natural area.
The Village of Elberta is essentially a small peninsula, with its western, northern, and eastern boundaries defined by Lake Michigan, Betsie Lake, and the Betsie River, respectively.
The Elberta Dunes South Natural Area is located along the southwestern edge of the Elberta Village, between the Lake Michigan shoreline on the west and M-22 to the east.
Rising to a height of 225’ above Lake Michigan, and with slopes on portions of the property exceeding 60%, these dunes are part of a unique and sensitive natural environment known as the Elberta Dunes complex.
Three quarters of these dunes have been classified as Critical Dunes by the State of Michigan, in recognition of their globally significant resource value.
The Elberta Dunes complex provides important habitat to a variety of plant and wildlife species, including the endangered Pitcher’s thistle, which has been identified within the Natural Area.
The open and forested dune habitats within the Natural Area provide habitat to a number of animals such as deer, coyote, red fox, long-tail weasel, and porcupine.
Elberta Dunes South Natural Area field is used by walkers and skiers, and the grass and shrub habitat also offers birdwatching and wildlife viewing opportunities for a number of species.
The Natural Area’s Lake Michigan frontage, which connects with a stretch of undeveloped beach extending over a mile to the north, is a surf-fishing destination that attracts visitors from throughout the region and the state, particularly in the spring and fall, for steelhead and brown trout.
A grass parking lot and trailhead are located in the field fronting M-22 (Frankfort Ave). Signage installed in 2011, marks the access to the trailhead.
Elberta was first settled in 1855 and incorporated as South Frankfort in 1894. It was renamed Elberta in 1911 for the local Elberta peach.
An historical note regarding the township of Gillmore:
"As to the geographical surface of Gillmore, we have hills and valleys, sand and water. The high lands are well adapted to fruit raising, and there are some fine peach orchards in town. Our means of transportation are very good, we being able to ship both by rail and boat. Gillmore has arrived at her present history without anything very exciting ever happening within her borders. We never sent anyone to congress. We tried to send a man to the legislature once and got beat so we stepped out of politics. We have a good graded school, with a corps of four efficient teachers, and two district schools. We have a good and well conducted Sabbath school. We also have in town two saloons and three churches, which I think goes to show that the Lord has got the start of the Devil a little in Gillmore."
[Excerpted from the Michigan Pioneer and Historical Society Collections Volume 31 (1901).]
Forestry Field Day at Interlochen Center for the Arts When: Saturday, September 9th, from 9:00-3:00pm Where: Interlochen Center for the Arts, 4000 Highway M-37, Interlochen, MI 49643 Registration: Please register by September 1; contact District Forester Kama Ross at 231-256-9783 or firstname.lastname@example.org Price: $5.00 per person, lunch included Description: Sponsored by the Forestry Assistance Program (FAP) of Leelanau, Benzie, and Grand Traverse Conservation Districts and the Michigan Tree Program. Join area forest landowners to learn about:
American Tree Farm System
Michigan Forest Property Tax Programs
Sustainable Forest Management Practices
Oak Wilt Management
Demonstration of a portable sawmill
"Forests for Fish" - how Michigan's forests provide abundant clean water and quality fish habitat
Daniel Schillinger, Schillinger Forestry and Northern Michigan Tree Doctor
Heather Hettinger, DNR Fisheries Biologist
Jenna Johnson, DNR Americorps Forest Health Technician
Robert Foulkes, Owner White Oak Timber Frames
Mary O'Brien and Daniel McCormick, Environmental Artists
Kama Ross, Forestry Assistance Program District Forester