Unsung Heroes Remove Dumped Refrigerator

Recently, we discovered that that during our May event at Black River Preserve, while looking for birds, scout leaders Bob Linderman and Terri Perry noticed a big, old rusting refrigerator dumped long ago at the bottom of a hill way in the back of the preserve. What an eyesore!

They quietly organized a group of young men to return and get the fridge out of there. Locating it again was an adventure. Then the guys had to figure out how to get it out.  Once that was determined, they had to carry it up the steep 50-foot hill and at least ¼ mile to get it out of the preserve!

Pastor and scout leader (and photographer) Jeff Dick, of UCC South Haven, emailed us, “These 18- to 26-year-old men deserve the recognition at a time when young men are often seen as not being community minded or willing to do things without a reward. It was a great experience to watch them work.”

Our unsung heroes that day were Alex Davis, Josh Dick, Rick Hutchens, and two others, accompanied by Bob and Jeff.

Thank you all for this incredible act of stewardship! You blew us away!




















Wednesday Workday Warriors . . . July 23

On Wednesday, July 23, we will work at Chipman Preserve for a nice combo of autumn olive eradication and sedge seed collection. 

Meet there at 9 a.m.

— Kristi

Pilgrim Haven Open House and Workday, July 26

Our annual July open house from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. will coincide with a 9-12 workday at Pilgrim Haven Natural Area this year.

Help install a trail system through the beech maple forest and out to the Lake Michigan beach front. Volunteers will be treated to a grilled lunch afterward.  

Please let us know you're coming by calling our office by Thursday, July 24, so we can have enough refreshments for everyone: (269) 324-1600.

Pilgrim Haven will remain open until 7 p.m.  Come and enjoy the beach!

For directions, go to our Upcoming Events page.

— Mitch

CE Celebration, August 9

Join us on Saturday, August 9, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for the Robert Heuser Conservation Easement Celebration.  A dedication ceremony and tour of the Heusers' 71-acre property will be held at their residence in Lawrence.

Click on the "Upcoming Events" link at the top right of this page for directions and parking instructions.

Please RSVP by August 1 to our office (269) 324-1600.

— Kristin