• Chief Hazy Cloud Park

    Kent County Parks is currently working on a long-term project to nearly triple the size of Chief Hazy Cloud Park.  The expansion, which has been part of the Kent County Parks Master Plan for more than two decades should be completed over the next 18 months.


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  • Grand River Greenway

    Over the past two decades, the Ottawa County Parks Department has been working to make its Grand River Greenway Initiative come to life. To date, $20 million in mostly public funding has been invested to preserve over 2,400 of land and create 13 parks and open spaces along the…


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  • 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 funds will be used to conduct surveys, track infestations, provide…


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  • Lake Sturgeon Restoration

    Lake Sturgeon, also known as “nmé” in Pottawatomi, were once plentiful in Michigan. Stories are told of rivers so full of sturgeon that a person could walk across water on the backs of the fish without wetting their feet. Sadly, that is not the case today. Sturgeon are listed…


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  • The Highlands

    The Land Conservancy of West Michigan and Blandford Nature Center are partnering to transform the 121-acre former Highlands Golf Club in northwest Grand Rapids into a natural area for community recreation and education. The property adjoins Blandford and the purchase will essentially…


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  • Michigan Dune Alliance

    Lake Michigan’s dunes are part of the largest freshwater dune system in the world.  They are so large, in fact, that they are visible from space. The dunes provide critical habitat for migratory birds, federally endangered plants and rare insects.  As special as they are, only 70,000 of…


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  • Plaster Creek Stewards

    Plaster Creek – 14 miles of neglected stream running through the Grand Rapids metropolitan area into the Grand River.  Best known for a long history of industrial pollution, it is the most contaminated creek in West Michigan. With 100 years of neglect,…


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