Week in Review: A February Escape

February is a long month in West Michigan, despite having fewer days. The snow banks are piling higher and the temperatures keep dropping. So, for a short escape, this week’s environmental news looks forward to some warmer weather.

Spring cycling…

Progress is being made on two Michigan bike routes, one that follows the Lake Michigan shoreline and another that crosses the state from Ludington to Marine City. Adventure Cycling, a non-profit agency working on the bike routes, believes that the U.S. 35 route along the shoreline will be signed off by the state in the spring. The route would travel through Muskegon, Grand Haven, and Holland.

Concern for this years forests…

This spring, the DNR and many concerned West Michigan individuals will be closely watching the trees for invasive pests. One bug that can do harm to Hemlock trees, the Wooly Adelgid, has been spotted in Ottawa County. Other pests such as the Emerald Ash Borer, and the Marmorated Stink Bug have been present in Michigan and have the potential to cause a lot of harm. The movement of firewood is a major piece of the pest problem.

Expanding your recreational areas

Ottawa County purchased land that will expand a park along the Grand River to 258 acres. Plans for the park include new hiking trails, river access for fishing and canoeing, and a future greenway trail.

Changes you may want to follow…

Herman Miller will see change in the next few months as Paul Murray, Director of Environmental Safety and Sustainability, leaves for a new job with Shaw, a carpet manufacturer in Georgia.

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