Signs of Spring Issue
The Wildlands was hit hard by back-to-back snow and rain storms last week and is not looking its best, with many downed trees and washed-out culverts. We've had lots of volunteers helping clear trails and roads, but any branches you can remove from trails and roads helps. We continue to welcome visitors, but given the governor's most recent order, have closed the campsites.
The Wildlands this Weekend
In 5 Signs
Courtesy of Michigan DNR
Check out our new bird list and information for new and fledged birders.
Valley Interpretive Walk  
Have you noticed the sign platforms and tree identification plaques along the northern section of the Valley road? As part of his capstone project, Maine Master Naturalist Nick Noyes teamed up with us to create educational, interpretive signs along the road. They highlight plant communities, geologic features, forest management practices and wildlife species in the Wildlands.

The QR codes on each sign are under construction, but you can scan them with your phone camera to go to a webpage with further information, as well as educational challenges. 

There are draft versions of some signs and actual versions of others. Thanks to Nick and Alice (graphic designer) Noyes! If you would like to help us continue the trail, you can use the "Donate" link below and note what it is for.
Seen in the Wildlands this Week
Our game cam captured this yearling black bear in the Hot Hole Valley. Although most visitors have never seen one, black bears are long-time residents of the Wildlands. Should you encounter one, having your dog leashed is very helpful. More on living with black bears
Staying connected 

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