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Cheer on Nate as he paddles the AuSable canoe marathon!

Cheer on Nate Winkler as he paddles 120 miles in his 19th AuSable Canoe Marathon this weekend! Hup! Hup! Hup! You can follow Nate and his paddle partner, Jaya, in canoe #84 on the GIS map here: Good luck Nate!!!!

Congratulations to Kat Hanson

Congratulations to our Development Director, Kat Hanson, for making the "40 Under 40" List! We are so proud of you Kat!

New Project for the Ottaway’s North Branch

The next improvement for the Ottaway (Boardman) River marks a transition in the watershed’s restoration. Located upstream from the Brown Bridge Quiet Area, an updated crossing at Broomhead Road will free access to critical, diverse habitats not seen lower in the...

New Macroinvertebrate Survey for the Ottaway (Boardman) River

As any skilled gardener knows, insects play a critical role in the veggie patch. The same is true in a river – some insects provide food for fish and other predators, while some aquatic insects process organic materials and recycle nutrients back into the system. When...

RCPP Renewal Boosts Tourism, Agriculture, and Conservation

The Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) is a bona fide catalyst for conservation. A bipartisan effort introduced by Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and her colleagues as part of the 2014 Farm Bill, the new program invests in regional coalitions to solve...

A Watershed Moment

We are in the midst of a watershed moment. In a world where we are all connected, no matter how distant we may be - the effects of each of our actions can be felt downstream. For many, the outdoors has provided places of respite and safety throughout the pandemic....

Mark C’s Trees Reforest the Maple

After owning and operating his business for more than 30 years, Mark Contrucci was preparing for retirement when he came across an article about Wild Roots. With several hundred native tree species left in his inventory, he felt inspired. Contrucci is a Master...

We’re Building Stronger Roots

Even as the world faces a global health crisis, one thing is for certain – Michiganders care about saving Mother Earth. This dedication was on full display at CRA’s Wild Roots seedling distribution, where approximately 50 participants helped to plant more than 20,000...


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