Spring 2007
Vol. 15 No. 1
"He who plants a tree plants a hope" - Lucy Larcom

In this issue...

Reflections from the President

Homes for Wood Ducks - Nature Area

Welcome Spring 2007

Volunteers Needed

Member Opportunities

Is a Toad a Frog?

2006 An exciting year!

How to Create a Wildlife-Friendly Backyard

2006 Conservationist

Welcome, New Board Members

Nature Deficit Disorder

Landscape for Learning

Three Generations of Volunteers

Upcoming Events...

April 1 4
Tree Planting
Contact Fred Pepper 692-0517 to help plant trees on GINLC proerties.

April 22
Earth Day
1:00PM - 3:00PM
Centennial Farm

Nature Area Open
Saturday 10:00AM - 2:00PM
Thursday 6PM - 8PM
(Weather Permitting)

Wish List
Computer Printer
Electronic Projector
Display Boards
Benches for Nature Area
Shade Canopy for Nature Area

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Welcome, New Board Members

(I to r) Bill Cloutier, Tom Harvan, and Terry Laesser

Bill Cloutier and his wife, Brenda, Have lived on Grosse Ile for 16 years and have 2 children. Bill is an Eagle Scout and is actively involved in the Boy Scout program. He is currently an Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 1721 and a member of Order of the Arrow Leadership group. A manager at DTE, Bill lead several advanced technology projects. He and his family enjoy camping, boating, fishing and tennis.

Tom Harvan and his family came from Baton Rouge, Louisiana to Grosse Ile for good schools, a sale community, and a "rural feel in the midst of the city."

Tom grew up outside of Pittsburgh in a rural farming area. He enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, and biking as well as gardening.

Tom has learned about and developed an interest in protection and recovery of our natural areas, especially flow every day activities can be changed to make an impact on the environment.

He has been employed in the chemical industry for 27 years and has been involved in many environmental projects. He has hiked through many of the larger open spaces on Grosse lie already and looks forward to helping to keep these areas natural and open for all to enjoy

Terry Laesser was born in Virginia but moved to Grosse Ile as a child in 1976. She graduated from Grosse Ile High School and received a degree in Biology and Animal Science from the university of Findlay in Ohio. She went on to become a Bioengineer in research. After receiving her Michigan teaching certificate, she began her teaching career at Summit Academy in Romulus. She now teaches chemistry, biology, physical science and French at Riverside-West Academy in Dearborn. As an educator, Terry develops outdoor learning curricula for environmental science and ecology.

Terry serves on the GINLC Education Committee as chair. Her future goals include fostering a sense of stewardship of the environment in youth and adults.