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Belding Hydrant Flushing

Belding Hydrant Flushing

The Belding Department of Public Works will be flushing hydrants throughout the city on April 15, 16, and 17. If you have any questions or concerns, contact the DPW 616-794-1340 weekdays between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM.

Visit http://www.belding.us for additional information.

CityFlats Hotel Awarded Good Earth Keeping Award

LEED Gold Certified CityFlatsHotel was presented with the Good Earth Keeping Award at the Stars of the Industry Awards Dinner on Monday night by Governor Rick Snyder. This awards dinner was part of the Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism that took place March 25th – 27th.

The Good Earth Keeping Award recognizes lodging properties for developing a culture focused on environmental management practices that improve everyday operations while maintaining quality service. The program must demonstrate success in one or more of the following areas: energy conservation, solid waste reduction, effluents and emissions, and water conservation.

Lakeshore State Parks Need Volunteers in April

Lakeshore State Parks Need Volunteers in April

Join in the effort to protect critical dune, prairie and forest habitats stretching from Muskegon to Berrien Counties. State recreation officials announced the schedule of volunteer stewardship activities for the month of April, which include opportunities to celebrate Earth Day and Global Youth Service Week throughout Western and Southwestern Michigan state parks and recreation areas.  Two of the parks in need of volunteers are P.J. Hoffmaster State Park in Muskegon County and Fort Custer Reacreation Area in Kalamazoo County.  Volunteering for these workdays is a great way to GO Get Outdoors in many of our cherished state parks, breathe some fresh air, have fun and get a bit of exercise while enjoying beautiful scenery and precious landscapes. 

Volunteers are needed to help map locations and remove garlic mustard, an invasive, non-native plant that grows in the forest understory.

DNR looking for volunteers in West Michigan

DNR looking for volunteers in West Michigan

From the Michigan Department of Resources:

Join in the effort to Go Get Outdoors and protect critical dune, prairie and forest habitats stretching from Berrien to Muskegon Counties! State recreation officials announced the schedule of volunteer stewardship activities for the month of February as part of the new Volunteer Steward program in Southwestern Michigan state parks and recreation areas.  Volunteering for these workdays is a great way to GO-Get Outdoors in many of our cherished state parks, breathe some fresh air, have fun and get a bit of exercise while enjoying beautiful scenery and precious landscapes. 

Volunteers can make a big impact by removing invasive, non-native shrubs in natural areas within state parks and recreation areas. Targeted invasive species include:  honeysuckle, autumn olive, barberry and Lombardy poplar.

Local Outdoor Education Center Continues to Grow

Local Outdoor Education Center Continues to Grow

In 2006, the Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway began using a tent near it’s trailhead as a temporary pavilion structure. The tent was set up in spring and taken down shortly after the last fall event Treats and Trails. Throughout the warmer seasons, school groups, community programs, company picnics, church services, community events and general visitors used the tent as a sitting, gathering and staging area. The tent and the picnic tables under were used on a daily basis.

During the past year, with the growth of programs and the increasing wear and tear on the seasonal tent guiding our plans, the Center began raising money for a larger, permanent structure. “The new structure will be larger than the tent and provide new opportunities for program and event use.” said ODCMG Program Director, Jamie Krupka. “The pavilion will have picnic tables for general visitors and organized groups use in addition to having a restroom an indoor classroom space.”

Chef Container Announces Building Expansion Ground Breaking

Chef Container Announces Building Expansion Ground Breaking

Holland, MI - November 11, 2011 - Chef Container, LLC announces the expansion efforts of their Westshore Recycling and Transfer Station located just outside Holland , MI in Allegan County. Based on the company's growth predictions and the needs of local recycling along the lakeshore, the building expansion will triple the size of the current facility from 6,400 sq. feet to over 27,000 sq. feet. This expansion is estimated to create up to ten (10) new jobs within the Westshore facility.

Chef Container was originally founded in 2002 and was focused on providing advanced recycling within the solid waste marketplace. With the construction of the original Westshore Recycling & Transfer facility in 2004, Chef Container, LLC was able to secure contracts with several municipalities to include: The City of Holland, The City of Saugatuck, The Township of Laketown and the County of Allegan's recycling collection depots.

Annual Christmas Bird Count begins on December 14

Annual Christmas Bird Count begins on December 14

Every year tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas take part in an adventure that has become a family tradition among generations.  Families and students, birders and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists go out on an annual mission - often before dawn.  For over one hundred years, the desire to both make a difference and to experience the beauty of nature has driven dedicated people to leave the comfort of a warm house during the Holiday season.

Each of the citizen scientists who annually braves  the snow, wind, or rain, to take part in the Christmas Bird Count makes an enormous contribution to conservation.  Audubon and other organizations use data collected in this longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations - and to help guide conservation action.

From feeder-watchers and field observers to count compilers and regional editors, everyone who takes part in the Christmas Bird Co