Help protect natural habitats at Pickerel Lake Park/Fred Meijer Nature Preserve

MSU Extension is partnering with Kent County Parks to host the Annual Autumn Olive Control Project at Pickerel Lake on Saturday, October 5 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 am and 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. An orientation is included and all supplies and tools are provided.

Pickerel Lake Park provides visitors with the opportunity to hike and cross country ski throughout woodlands, forests, wetlands and around the lake. Floating boardwalks and docks provide excellent locations for fishing, bird watching or just enjoying the beautiful natural areas of this nature preserve.

Unfortunately, Autumn Olive is threatening the habitats at Pickerel Lake! This invasive species out-competes native species and increases the nitrogen levels in the soil – affecting entire communities of plants, trees and wildlife.

In 2012, more than forty volunteers, contributed over 150 hours working to control Autumn Olive at Pickerel Lake Park. The October 5 control project is a great opportunity to support Pickerel Lake Park and to learn more about how to identify and correctly treat Autumn Olive on your own property! If you are interested in working with a team of volunteers to make a difference, please register for the Autumn Olive Control Project by contacting Ginny Sines, Kent County Parks Volunteer Services, at or call 616-336-3884.

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