Tag Archives: Forests

Nature Nearby: Parks, Trails, Woods and Wildlife Within 10 minutes of downtown Grand Rapids

By Howard Meyerson Though Grand Rapids’ downtown is often bustling, nature is never far away: green havens can be found throughout the city and all along the Grand River corridor. More than two dozen natural environs can be found within … Continue reading

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Roads Less Traveled: National Forest Seeks user input about preferred two-tracks, trails

By Howard Meyerson Maybe you’ve heard the scuttlebutt about the U.S. Forest Service closing more roads in Huron-Manistee National Forest. The message, which got posted on social media by off-road vehicle enthusiasts, urgently suggests that those who care should write … Continue reading

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Michigan’s snowshoe hares disappearing, could benefit from forest management amid climate changes

By Howard Meyerson Grand Rapids, Mich. — Researchers investigating the whereabouts of Michigan snowshoe hares confirm what hunters have said for quite some time: The big rabbits with the white winter coats have vanished from places where they once were … Continue reading

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Program shift will reduce forest acres hunters can access

By Howard Meyerson Grand Rapids, Mich — Hunters will have access to fewer privately owned acres of forest come 2015, the result of lands being transferred from the Michigan DNR Commercial Forest Program to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and … Continue reading

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Loda Lake National Wildflower Sanctuary: America’s one and only

By Howard Meyerson WHITE CLOUD, MI — April showers normally bring May flowers, but this year’s weather hardly has been normal. Lingering winter conditions and the late onset of spring delayed the usual early-season blooms at Loda Lake National Wildflower … Continue reading

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Playing rough: Illegal ORV use overwhelms law enforcement and restoration efforts

By Howard Meyerson TWIN LAKES, MI – With the Labor Day holiday weekend ahead, often a last-hurrah for outdoor weekend warriors, Manistee National Forest staffers say they plan to be on alert for rogue off-road-vehicle riders in the forest. By … Continue reading

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Michigan Wildfire Season: Slower than usual

By Howard Meyerson Grand Rapids, Mich. — State forest fire fighters got some relief this spring. Persistent wet and cool weather reduced the fire hazard around the state. Although 170 wildfires were extinguished by the start of June, state forest … Continue reading

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Giving the word “blowdown” new meaning

I love big trees. It’s a gut thing, full of aesthetics. They add perspective about time and our place on the planet. And, as a friend pointed out, they also give new meaning to idea of  “trail maintenance.” Found on Living … Continue reading

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Chocolate Conservation: Made in the shade

Researchers studying the impact of shade trees on Ecuadorian cocoa plantations have found that having just enough shade is good not only for the beans that give us chocolate, but for diverse wildlife populations. The findings fly in the face … Continue reading

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Green Living: World’s First Vertical Forest Being Built in Milan

Who said apartment dwelling needs to be sterile?  Bosco Verticale, the 27 story vision of Stefano Boeri, architect, academic and former editor of design and architecture magazine Domus, is an attempt to provide a better life in the metropolis, according … Continue reading

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