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December 19, 2005

Contacts: Laurel Malvitz 248-685-2187 or Mary Dettloff 517-335-3014

Volunteers Needed for Stewardship Projects in Seven Southeast Michigan State Parks and Recreation Areas

Core stewardship volunteers are needed in seven southeast Michigan state parks and recreation areas, DNR officials announced today.

These volunteers will lead ongoing efforts to restore and maintain fragile habitats at the following locations: Algonac State Park, Bald Mountain, Brighton, Highland, Island Lake, Pinckney and Waterloo recreation areas. These parks contain remnant native ecosystems that have been identified by the State Park Stewardship Program as high priorities for ecological restoration.

Core stewardship volunteers will invigorate ongoing efforts, develop new volunteers, organize workdays throughout the year, recruit new volunteers and get local groups interested in ecosystem restoration and protection at each location.

"We are looking for people who can make an extended commitment to the program," Resource Steward Laurel Malvitz said. "In return, we are offering training opportunities and additional assistance to help the volunteers get going."

Volunteer efforts will improve ecosystems by controlling the spread of invasive species, conducting plant and animal surveys and re-establishing native plant populations by collecting seed and planting. While working in an atmosphere of fellowship, volunteers will learn about Michigan's plants, animals and ecosystems, make new friends, and feel a great sense of accomplishment for restoring native ecosystems. Benefits to the health and well-being of these ecosystems and volunteers abound.

For additional information about the program and a list of upcoming volunteer work days, visit the web site: www.michigan.gov/dnrvolunteers and click on "Be Part of a Core Volunteer Steward Team." To learn more about becoming a core stewardship volunteer, please contact Laurel Malvitz at 248-685-2187.

The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural resources for current and future generations.
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