Michigan volunteers work to preserve the outdoors

For some participants in a July 16 cleanup of the Clinton River in Oakland County, the main goal was to help boost fish populations. Others wanted a cleaner river to enjoy for activities such as canoeing or kayaking. Whatever their motivations, the cleanup left all groups satisfied and, organizers said, served as another example of […]

Get on board for the Grand River

eightWest – WOOD-TV Monday, July 25, 2016 Wendy Oglvie, director of environmental programs for the Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds, and Jeff Neumann, co-owner of GR Paddling, spoke with eightWest host, Racheal Ruiz about how cleaning up the Grand River has led to an increased number of people participating in water recreational activities.

Watch fish climb a ladder in Grand Rapids

It's the only spot in Grand Rapids where you can admire art and watch migrating fish at the same time. Fish Ladder Park features a sculpture designed to allow spawning fish to bypass the imposing Sixth Street Dam on the Grand River. "This beautiful sculpture is truly a unique way to allow species such as […]

Protecting the Grand River

The Exchange - WZZM Thursday, July 21, 2016 Wendy Oglvie, director of environmental programs for the Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds, and Marc Miller, regional initiatives deputy for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources spoke about why scientifically managing the Grand River is an important step towards protecting and preserving the river. Watch the […]

Kayaking offers unique peek at Detroit

Grab a paddle and take a new look at the Big D. Kayaking is surging in popularity in metro Detroit, thanks to cleaner water, municipal infrastructure improvements, kayak rentals, guided tours and affordable watercraft. We’ve lived in the Detroit area for 21 years. When we started paddling, there was really no one else out on […]

The Grand River becoming a paddlers’ paradise

Some days, it just depends which way the wind is blowing. GR Paddling gets a call from folks interested in kayaking near Grand Rapids but who are unsure which tributary might make the best adventure. That’s where Jeff Neumann comes in. “We’ve got 21 different reaches to pick from on five different rivers – nine […]

5 things you didn’t know about the Detroit River

Even though it flows through Michigan’s largest urban area, the Detroit River is gaining a reputation as an outdoor destination. “The resurgence of the Detroit River is a real success story and a great example of ensuring our wildlife and natural resources can continue to be enjoyed for future generations wherever they are in the […]

Call of the wild spurs West Michigan woman to become one of Michigan’s leading experts on managing fisheries

Heather Hettinger readily admits she has one of Michigan’s best jobs. On any given spring, summer or fall day, she can be found chasing steelhead in the Betsie River, stocking baby walleye near Beaver Island, calling turkeys or waiting for deer in a tree on state lands, or trolling for trout and salmon out of Frankfort. During […]

Loving and Living the Outdoors

Many of us only dream of making a living at what we love to do. Just imagine – you love being surrounded by the outdoors whenever you have free time, then you go to work and nature greets you at the office. Dennis Tar is living his dream as a fisheries technician with the Michigan […]
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