The Preserve Stewardship Season in Review

The Preserve Stewardship Season in Review

By Allene Smith, Land Stewardship Coordinator Even with a few warm days ahead, the autumn has begun in earnest. This transition always provides a prompt to reflect on the recent growing season and all the stewardship work on our Preserves that we’ve been able to accomplish. Beckwith Preserve: The new parking area for our Beckwith […]

Life after prescribed burns

Life after prescribed burns

By Gary Siegrist, Legacy volunteer and naturalist Following recent prescribed burns at the Lloyd and Mabel Johnson and Sharon Hills Nature Preserves, Legacy staff are frequently asked “what happens next?” Nature doesn’t wait months or require full regeneration to begin using the area just burned. First to investigate the burns are many of our feathered […]

EMU students beat back buckthorn

EMU students beat back buckthorn

“I found a spider’s nest. I got to get a picture of this,” yelled Remell “Remy” Thomas, a senior at Eastern Michigan University (EMU). Her four classmates crowded around Thomas as she knelt beside the base of a large buckthorn shrub snapping photographs of spider eggs. The EMU students were helping clear buckthorn shrubs—an invasive […]