Volunteer Session at the Fruit Belt Rail Corridor

Next date: Friday, December 16, 2022 | 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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Volunteer sessions on the Fruit Belt Rail Corridor will continue every other Friday until there is snow cover. We are removing invasive shrubs and vines from the 150’ wide property to improve the ecological health of the land. By removing invasive plants, more space will be available for native plant species, which provide better habitat and a higher quality food supply for birds and animals. Also, removing vines that are smothering trees will improve the health of the tree canopy.  

Our next Volunteer Work Session will be Friday, December 16th from 10 am to noon. Please join us! It may not seem obvious, but this is a great time of year for this work. No pesky mosquitos or dense leafy vegetation! No experience is necessary, and volunteers will be trained to identify target species. If you/your students need volunteer credits, we can sign off on volunteer forms. 

Details:

  • We will meet in the parking lot at the north end of Flesher Field, 3664 S 9th Street, and walk to the project site. 
  • Wear clothes and shoes that you don't mind getting dirty.
  • Bring gloves and loppers or pruning shears if you have them. If not, no problem! We'll have extras. 
  • We will work in light rain or snow but cancel if the rain is heavy or snow is deep. 
  • All ages and abilities welcome! Bring a friend!

Habitat restoration of the two-mile section of the former Fruit Belt Rail Corridor, now owned by Oshtemo Township, is funded by a $150,000 Planet Award grant awarded earlier this year by Consumers Energy Foundation. Staff from the Kalamazoo Nature Center’s (KNC) Ecological Services team are collaborating with Oshtemo Township on the project, leading both the ecosystem management and environmental education components.

  

 

 

 

When

  • Friday, December 16, 2022 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location

Meet at the north end of the parking lot at Flesher Field and walk to the project site.

Flesher Field Park, 3664 South 9th Street, 49009, View Map

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