WHO: – Helen Taylor, state director for The Nature Conservancy in Michigan

  • Steve Kahl, manager of the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge
  • Neil Hawkins, Vice President, Global EH&S and Sustainability, The Dow Chemical Company

WHAT: Tree-Planting Event Celebrates New Nature Area for Saginaw Residents

Leaders from The Nature Conservancy, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and The Dow Chemical Company will plant a ceremonial tree in a hole on an old green of the former Germania Golf Course.

The 135-acre property once known as the Germania Town and Country Club, fell into foreclosure and closed its doors in 2010. The Nature Conservancy purchased the property, thanks to support from The Dow Chemical Company. The property is being transferred to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife’s (USFWS) Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge, which owns property on the other side of the Saginaw River. The USFWS will undertake this urban restoration project and restore it to native habitat with public access/recreational opportunities on the property.

This natural area will offer immediate access to the community for outdoor recreation, especially for handicapped individuals since the paved paths once used for golf carts provide safe places to enjoy the scenery. The restoration and improvement plan includes restoring the fairways and greens to native grasses and wildflowers, maintaining the land as an open meadow and prairie.

 

WHEN: 10 a.m., Monday, May 12, 2014

WHERE: Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge

Former Germania Town and Country Club (Near Green Point Environmental Learning Center)

3010 Maple Street

Saginaw, MI 48602

Signs will indicate where to park and walk to the tree-planting ceremony. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held indoors at the Green Point Environmental Learning Center.


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