Kentwood Park Stewards

In the fall of 2020, the City of Kentwood and its Department of Parks and Recreation discovered that invasive species were threatening the biodiversity in many of its parks. Determined to address these important concerns and feeling the need to…

Native Plant Guild

The Native Plant Guild (NPG) is an alliance of local businesses and organizations that offers West Michigan a variety of ecological landscaping services. It began as an idea, a seed. A Seed GerminatesNative plants begin small, but work together to improve water quality, provide habitat,…

Kent Conservation District

Did you know that Michigan's Conservation Districts are unique local units of state government that utilize state, federal and private sector resources to solve today's conservation problems? Each Conservation District encourages landowners, citizens and governing communities to turn to it…

Ottawa Sands County Park

There is an interesting story about how Ottawa Sands County Park became the newest addition to the Ottawa County Parks system.  The 345-acre property, tucked between North Ottawa Dunes County Park and City of Grand Haven Open Space, was formerly used…

Save MI Hemlocks

Background  West Michigan Conservation Network partners are teaming up to launch efforts to control and eradicate Hemlock Woolly Adelgid. Funding for the work in West Michigan has been obtained by a grant distributed through the EPA’s Great Lakes Restoration. Grant…