Beaches are the staple of the western Michigan lakeshore area. The Arts Council of White Lake is celebrating local artists Roycine King, Ben Bennett, and Tina Larson—whose work has been inspired by the natural beauty of the beaches of Lake Michigan—with a new exhibit, “On the Beach”, that will run in the gallery of the ACWL from June 26 through August 4. The ACWL is located at 106 E. Colby St. in Whitehall, MI 49461. For additional information you may call the ACWL at (231) 893-2524 or visit their website.
Ridding Cobmoosa Shores of Invading Japanese Barberry
Anyone interested in helping rid our association of the invasive Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii), is asked meet at the Morrison cottage (9002 Huron Trail) on Wednesday, July 25th at 8:30 am. All are welcome to help, but please wear work gloves (the plant is spiny) and bring a large, sturdy plastic bag so we can bag the remains to dry it out before composting. A couple of us will carry shovels to go after a few of the larger “bad boy” plants.
This is the beginning of what will be a struggle to get these invasive shrubs out of Cobmoosa Shores before they take over the area. For more information about Japanese barberry (and other plants problematic in Michigan), please consult the Michigan State University Extension Field Identification Guide to Invasive Plants.
We need everyone’s assistance! Remove these plants on your property first, then join in this and the following “planned pulls” when you can!
This effort is being coordinated by Jan Morrison, Trustee, and Barb Rafaill. In the photos included the bottom two are credited to the Wisconsin DNR
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources recently announced that it will help fund grassland establishment on 40,000 acres of private rural property in Michigan, including Oceana County! We anticipate this opportunity will quickly be snatched up. If you or anyone you know has agricultural land and would like to convert it to wildlife habitat, please contact the OCD right away. A ten-acre minimum is required. Signup now through August!
You can always read more about these events and others by visiting www.oceanaconservation.org.