Spring 2008
Vol. 16 No. 1

In this issue...

Reflections from the President

Welcome New Board Members

GINLC Education Committee Report

Stewardship Notes

Land Acquisition

Nature Area Season Planned

Nature Area Clean Up

2007 GI Conservationist of the Year Award

Doug Thiel Honored for Service

Annual Meeting

Arbor Day

Conservancy Awarded Pond Restoration Grant

2007 Christmas Bird Count

Did You Know?

Thank you

Newletter Sponsor

Upcoming Events...

May 3
Nature Area Opening Day

10AM to 2PM

April 19
Island Clean Up
Call Jake Atkins
(734) 676-5536
for meeting site

April 19 & 26
Nature Area Clean Up

9:00AM to Noon
Nature Area

April 20
Earth Day

Centinnial Farm
1PM to 4PM

May 10
Arbor Day
Tree Planting Seminar

10AM to 11AM
Centennial Farm
Register - 675-2364
(Rec. Department)
No Fee

May 14
BASF Presentation
Riverview Project

Township Hall


Back to Newsletters

Conservancy Awarded Pond Restoration Grant
by Bruce Jones

The Alliance for the Great Lakes has awarded a $2500 grant to GINLC for the restoration of the retention pond on the west side of Meridian at Intrepid in the Commerce Park area. This pond is a critical part in the drainage for the east side of Meridian, south of the Grosse lie Parkway. Work was approved by the Commerce Park Commission and will occur this spring and summer.

Remediation goals include the assurance of free flowing water through the pond to Frenchman's Creek, the creation of a native ecosystem in and around the pond and a major improvement in the pond's aesthetic appearance. Conceptual plans involve removal of the invasive plant, Phragmites; the planting of flowering native wetland plants along the shoreline; and native flowering shrubs and several trees around the perimeter.

Plans also include the use of the pond for community education and for use as a local field experi­ence for the school system.