Volunteers Needed: Pere Marquette Watershed

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

The Pere Marquette Watershed Council and Michigan Department of Natural Resources

These organizations are looking for 10 to 12 students to complete a one day hands-on project on a tributary to the Pere Marquette River, a federal Wild and Scenic River and a state Natural River – also the first stream in the United States to be stocked with brown trout!

Two projects are planned. The first involves working with a MDNR crew to fashion log steps and terraces on a bank that has been eroded by over-use. The second project involves protecting two eroding stream banks near a former bridge site. Field stone will be delivered to the north side of the river but needs to be carried or thrown across the river to the erosion site on the south side. Hip boots will be provided for those who do not have them.

  • Gas Money will be provided (site is about 25 miles from campus
  • Lunch, snacks and beverages will be provided
  • You efforts will protect one of Michigan’s natural gems for years to come.

Details and maps will be emailed to volunteers. You will be required to leave campus at 8:30 a.m. Dress warm in clothes that may get wet and dirty. Bring a change of clothes and gloves. The project may take 4 – 6 hours. Carpooling is strongly encouraged.

TO VOLUNTEER or ask questions:

Email Paul Bigford paulbigford@hotmail.com

NOTE: You will see migrating salmon (up to 40” long) but this section of the river is now closed to fishing. We can direct you to open sections of the river. Deer are very common, bear are very rare. The site is near historic Idlewild, Michigan.