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Eastern Region News & Notes May 27 - June 9, 2018



Shawnee National Forest

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Hoosier National Forest

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Hiawatha National Forest

Good Neighbor Authority Project Helps County Road Commission [photo]

Using the Farm Bill’s Good Neighbor Authority, Michigan Department of Natural Resources has contracted a linear vegetation management project on along Forest Highway 13 in Hiawatha National Forest. The project assists Delta County Road Commission by clearing the right-of-way in preparation for a Commission project to resurface the two-lane highway, which serves as a key access route through the Forest’s west zone. Forest Service personnel also assisted the Commission in submitting the successful grant application for Federal Highway funds. Because the logging is occurring in the road ditches, traffic is being managed using signs and a flagger. Drivers should use caution when traveling Highway 13 in Delta County and plan extra time for reaching their destinations.

Regional Watershed Restoration Geologist Visit [photo]

Regional Watershed Restoration Geologist, Bob Gubernicht, visited the Hiawatha this week to assist Forest staff reviewing several projects across the Forest. On Thursday, the Forest leadership team, other Forest staff and Gubernicht visited two field locations to discuss techniques for addressing erosion and best practices to benefit aquatic species.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Launches Public/Private Visitor Information Center [photo]

On Friday, June 1, Hiawatha National Forest and Pictured Rocks Cruises hosted an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony in celebration of the Forest Service moving its Munising, MI, visitor information services to a public/private facility, the Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center.

District Ranger Charlie Marsh opened the ceremony expressing appreciation for the new partnership.

Forest Supervisor Cid Morgan cut the ribbon with Pictured Rocks Cruises representative John Madigan, adding, “The Forest Service is really excited about this public-private partnership. We look forward to a successful collaborative enterprise.”

She also expressed appreciation that the Forest’s interpretive association partner, Hiawatha Interpretive Association (HIA), is included in the partnership. As a result, HIA will continue to sell interpretive materials, with profits that directly support the Forest’s conservation education programs for the public.

“It’s wonderful that the Forest Service saw the vision we had here and could come here to serve customers, tourists and the community by helping provide information about not only the Forest but our community and its history,” added Madigan.

About seventy-five people participated in the open house, including community members and representatives of organizations including HIA, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Alger County Board and more.

Hiawatha Hosts Open House and Listening Session [photo]

On Saturday, June 2, 2018, Hiawatha National Forest provided an open house and listening session for the public in Marquette, MI.  Smokey Bear was there, too!


Huron-Manistee National Forests

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Urban Connections - Twin Cities

New Urban Connections – Twin Cities Resource Assistant [photo]

Mary Lovelace graduated Mount Holyoke College this spring, where she earned a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Conservation Policy and Science. She also received a Five College Program Certificate in Culture, Health and Science, focusing on public health issues from an interdisciplinary perspective. 

As an undergrad, she spent time leading the sustainability organization on campus, focusing on reducing food waste and helping the student body be more environmentally conscious. She also spent time interning for Congressman Jim McGovern, conducting GIS research and teaching as well as working with a community gardening nonprofit in Springfield, MA. 

In the summers, she worked as a counselor at Morse Hill Outdoor Education Center which cemented her passion for environmental education and awareness. Most recently, she spent last summer interning at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Reserve in East Bethel, MN focusing on long-term ecological impacts of nitrogen addition and species diversity as well as temperature and carbon dioxide increase.

Projects Mary will be working on include:

  • Expanding existing interpretive materials about the voyageurs to include a native woman perspective
  • Developing new interpretive materials for Urban Connections use about new wood technologies
  • Assisting Northern Research Station (NRS) futuring project on horizon scanning
  • Assisting NRS/Eastern Region climate change work
  • Participating in Wilderness Inquiry (WI) led trips to the Superior National Forest (native lacrosse grp) and Chippewa National Forest (green team and urban roots youth)
  • Assisting with both local and touring canoemobile efforts with WI.



Mark Twain National Forest

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Allegheny National Forest

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Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

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