Volunteers plant trees at Magoon Creek

Volunteers helped plant about 100 trees at Magoon Creek Natural Area recently. Pictured (front row, left to right) are Bob Skiera, Terry Walker, Invasive Species Network invasive species specialist Audrey Menninga; (back row) Kirk Hayden, Jim Robke, Roger Dittmer and Paul Olen. (Courtesy photo/Fields Ratliff/ISN)

FILER TWP. — A group of volunteers helped plant trees at Magoon Creek Natural Area recently.I will also forward another email with four pictures.

The Invasive Species Network donated 1,000 plants to municipalities around northern Michigan, considering groups that had done work with invasive species eradication first.

Since Filer Township started working to eradicate the invasive autumn olive at Magoon Creek Natural Area, Fields Ratliff, ISN Habitat Management Specialist, immediately thought of Filer Township. The township has been working on garlic mustard for a number of years as well.

On April 30, thanks to a group of volunteers, about 100 trees were planted, including cedar, red-ozier dogwood and nannyberry.

“This group of volunteers were able to get all of the donated plants in the ground in approximately four hours. They were a hard working group of volunteers and Filer Township is grateful to them for their assistance in this project,” said Filer Township supervisor Terry Walker.

Tom Chycinski prepares protectors for cedar plantings that were planted at Magoon Creek Natural Area on April 30. The protectors are translucent and act as a mini greenhouse as the plants mature. (Courtesy photo)

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