Here’s how to volunteer with Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy

TRAVERSE CITY — With spring in full swing in northern Michigan, the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy is seeking volunteers to help build new trails, restore natural habitats and care for more than 10,000 acres of protected land.

One of the organization’s top priorities is removing invasive plants at Arcadia Dunes: The CS Mott Nature Preserve and other unique properties. If left uncontrolled, invasive species like garlic mustard can grow rapidly and outcompete native plants that provide critical food and habitat for wildlife and pollinate crops. Removing these aggressive plants early in the season, before they spread, is vital to allowing native wildflowers to thrive and preserving the beauty and resilience of the region’s extraordinary lands.

“Volunteers are indispensable to our mission’s success,” said Glen Chown, GTRLC executive director, in a news release. “And with this field season shaping up to be our busiest yet, we’ll need more hands than ever.”

The conservancy also has a need for helpers to build hiking trails at various preserves and natural areas throughout the region, and will host its first Community Science Saturday this month. At this event, participants are encouraged to record their observations of the natural world, which will help to inform land management decisions.

For a full list of opportunities, and to sign up to volunteer, visit

The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy’s mission is to protect significant natural, scenic and farm lands — and advance stewardship — now and for future generations. Since 1991, the conservancy has protected close to 46,000 acres of land and nearly 150 miles of shoreline in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Manistee counties.

Protection is accomplished through a variety of tools, and all projects require the participation of willing landowners. The conservancy also owns and manages 43 nature preserves and natural areas, which are open to the public. For more information, visit

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