Thanks to the SE Michigan Student Conservation Crew!

If you’ve been out to the docks overlooking Bear Marsh in the northeast corner of Bear Creek Nature Park, you probably noticed that a lot of glossy buckthorn disappeared around one of the docks. The Southeast Michigan Student Conservation Crew (SEMSCC), via Six Rivers Regional Land Conservancy, worked at Bear Creek Nature Park in July to help control buckthorn. You can actually see the marsh now!

The SEMSCC crew removed invasive buckthorn around one of the docks at Bear Marsh.
The SEMSCC crew removed invasive buckthorn around one of the docks at Bear Marsh. The mosquitoes could get thick, but they came prepared!
This sign post was hidden in the buckthorn next to the dock. We were surprised to find it hiding in there!
This sign post was hidden in the buckthorn next to the dock. We were surprised to find it hiding in there!

The crew consisted of high school students from southeast Michigan. Through this program, they learned how to care for natural areas. They also learned to work as a team to accomplish a big task.

The crew also cleared some brush handing over a trail. Here they work as a team to move that brush.
The crew also cleared some brush hanging over a trail. Here they work as a team to move that brush.
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Yeah, they are that cool. Here they admire some butterfly milkweed.

Thanks for all the work you did!

SEMSCC crew, Bear Creek Nature Park, July 2014.
SEMSCC crew, Bear Creek Nature Park, July 2014.
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About Ben VanderWeide

I am the Natural Areas Stewardship Manager for Oakland Township Parks and Recreation in southeast Michigan. I have a doctorate in biology (focused on plant ecology) and I am passionate about protecting and managing natural areas.

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