Adopt-A-Forest: Get involved during Earth Month

Northern Michigan has many beauties. One of them is nature and wildlife. However, trying to keep forests clean can be a challenge. Programs like 4-H and Adopt-a-Forest help keep our Earth clean.

It also takes people like Enya deFeijter, leading the charge to invest in our Earth. Enya is the 4-H Program Coordinator with Michigan State University Extension in Ogemaw County.

Have you heard of 4-H?

Enya describes 4-H was developed in 1902 as a program “oriented toward the positive development of young people”. Michigan State University has a 4-H extension program. 4-H at MSU covers both the Upper Peninsula and the Lower Peninsula of Michigan.

4-H Plans Adopt a Forest

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has organized Adopt-a-Forest since 1991. Enya plans outreach programs with 4-H in Ogemaw County. she says Adopt-a-Forest is “designed to do is teach the public about the health of forests and how we can help keep them healthy. It also teaches responsible disposal.

Adopt-a-Forest has coordinated events like this weekend (see below). You can also check this website where you can track litter near you. Landfill cleaning planning and active landfills are visible on the map.

If you see litter near your home, favorite hiking spots, or campsites, you can report the litter to DNR through the same website. It can be anything from tires to car debris. Enia says, “You can look at this landfill site map. It will show you images. It will show you the coordinates of where the locations are. You can actually go on and explore the areas around you.

Saturday Cleaning in the West Branch

When: Saturday April 23

Check-in: around 9:00 a.m.

Cleaning: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location: West Cabin Lake Road (County Road 12), east of M-33

Close to major power lines and a two-lane road

East of I-75 and south of M-55

Approximate coordinates: 44.241419, -84.138073

To be involved

Enya encourages those who are both 4-H and non-4-H members to participate in Saturday’s event, “parents, caregivers, adults at home, it’s a great opportunity to get out and do something with the young people in your family that also gives back to the community. If you can’t make it this weekend, Adopt-a-Forest is open year-round. You can also contact your local conservation districts .

Enya also invites you to connect with her. His contact details are below.

Call: 989-345-0692

E-mail: [email protected]

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