BY GAIL ALBIN
Even though Grosse Ile had a rather mild winter, most of us welcome spring. It will be fun to get outside and do some yard work. Not everyone lives in a place where yard work is required. Many have mentioned that they miss that at times.
The Grosse Ile Nature & Land Conservancy recently sent out eye-catching large cards with wonderful pictures inviting us to meet our “Neighbors.” The pictures are of wildlife here on beautiful Grosse Ile.
“GINLC has many outdoor volunteer opportunities. Everyone is invited to participate in these events. Children must be accompanied by an adult.” Peter Kantz, president and stewardship chair, said. “GINLC supplies all the necessary tools and supplies for these events, although you can bring your own tools if you like.
“Volunteers need to be dressed for outdoor work, work clothes, sunscreen, bug spray, gloves, etc. Follow us on Facebook and/or get on our Stewardship Volunteer email list to stay up to date on events. Due to the weather, outdoor events are sometimes postponed or cancelled.”
On Sunday, March 19, around 10 or more volunteers met in their work clothes, bringing chainsaws, some equipment and great attitude to work at Sunrise Park. It could be easy to drive right past Sunrise Park. It is at the very end of Parkway on the beach of the East River. There are wooden steps going down. The steps were an Eagle Scout project a few years ago. The project had been postponed to this day because of weather. Everyone there worked like busy beavers, raking, filling big paper yard bags and enjoying one another’s good company. Each volunteer made hard work look like loads of fun.
“Some of the land was acquired by donation (either from individuals or corporations) and some was purchased,” said Paul Gloor, communications co-chair, who was there that day. “The purchased land is often obtained through the Michigan land bank.”
“GINLC has close to 200 members. We can always use new members. Our members have a wide variety of skills, interests and abilities,” Gloor said. “Most of our members are engaged, at some level, in the many projects, programs and stewardship events sponsored by the conservancy. It is these volunteers who enable GINLC to fulfill its mission of promoting the preservation, stewardship and making Grosse Ile an outstanding and beautiful place to live.”
For people who like to work outdoors, meet new people and do good deeds, check out Grosse Ile Nature and Land Conservancy. There are several events coming up in April, May and all through the coming months.
Residents who want to learn more about GINLC, the officers and what projects are coming up in the future can view the website at www.ginlc.org. Like and follow on Facebook (www.facebook.com/GINLC.GI/) to stay informed of upcoming events. Subscribe to the email list to get regular information. Share the Facebook page and emails with friends. The mailing address is P.O. Box 12, Grosse Ile, MI. 48138. Telephone: (734) 588-2149.