Field Notes

Field Notes: Woodland Goldenrods

September 21, 2018

You may think there is little color interest in the woods between the summer and the fall color shows but woodland Goldenrods are in full bloom right now. Check out this short video to learn about woodland Goldenrods and make sure to go see them for yourself at a preserve…

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A Foundation for Success

August 14, 2018

Herbert H. And Grace A. Dow Foundation Provides Lead Grant to Campaign For Generations Mike Dow and Mike Whiting Michael Dow’s roots in Northern Michigan go back to his days at the Leelanau School in Glen Arbor, where he splashed around in the Crystal River and explored the majestic sand…

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Timeless Landscape, Perpetual Care

August 14, 2018

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Provides Major Stewardship Gift for Arcadia Dunes   Though many years have passed, Bill White still vividly recalls the stroll he and his late wife took along the beach underneath the towering sand dunes in Arcadia on a beautiful summer day. White, longtime Chairman of the…

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Conservation Angels

August 14, 2018

Donors Help GTRLC Move Fast to Meet Seller Deadlines The call happened just two days before Christmas. It wasn’t the most ideal timing for a fundraising pitch, but time wasn’t something that Glen Chown had to spare. Chown, GTRLC’s executive director, needed to see if longtime conservationist John Woollam would…

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Access for All

August 14, 2018

Campaign For Generations Includes Universal Access Efforts   Kim De Bruin fought back tears as she described her first trip to the Overlook Trail at Arcadia Dunes last year. De Bruin, who has muscular dystrophy, has been in a wheelchair most of her life. The last time she was able…

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Leaving a Legacy

August 14, 2018

Donors Support GTRLC’s Work By Providing Legacy Gifts Bill Holland is the type of man who gets a certain twinkle in his eye when he’s telling a good story. And if you’re spending time with Holland, the story is likely to involve fishing. There’s the one time he lost a…

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A Way of Life

August 14, 2018

Local Farmers On The Importance of Farmland Protection A light breeze ruffled the leaves on neatly planted rows of cherry trees as Isaiah Wunsch spoke about farming on the iconic Old Mission Peninsula. Wunsch, 31, is the latest in several generations on both his mom and dad’s side to farm…

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Our Love and Our Duty

August 11, 2018

There’s an air of reverence in Dick Crout’s voice as he describes how an average summer morning might unfold in his little corner of the Chain of Lakes. More often than not, he awakens to the sight of loons splashing near his Elk Lake cottage, their striking black and white…