Land Conservancy of West Michigan http://michiganradio.org en Invasive species success story: Purple Loosestrife http://michiganradio.org/post/invasive-species-success-story-purple-loosestrife <p>Purple Loosestrife is a widespread <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/invasive-plants">invasive plant</a>. It&rsquo;s taken over <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/wetlands">wetlands </a>in every state in the US except Florida. But now, scientists consider Purple Loostrife an invasive species success story.</p><p>Purple Loosestrife are the tall bright purple flowering plants you see mixed in with cattails lining the edge of many lakes and wetlands.</p><p><strong>A long road&nbsp;before success</strong></p> Thu, 03 May 2012 12:49:48 +0000 Lindsey Smith 7314 at http://michiganradio.org Invasive species success story: Purple Loosestrife Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area transferred to City of Saugatuck http://michiganradio.org/post/saugatuck-harbor-natural-area-transferred-city-saugatuck <p>The City of Saugatuck <a href="http://naturenearby.org/Data/Resources/File/PR/SHNA%20closing%2012-23-11.pdf">has taken ownership of nearly 173-acres of dune land </a>on the shores of Lake Michigan. A coalition of conservationists and foundations has worked for more than 6 years to buy the property from a private developer.</p> Tue, 27 Dec 2011 17:53:15 +0000 Lindsey Smith 5567 at http://michiganradio.org Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area transferred to City of Saugatuck Conservationists celebrate more than $100 million in state grants http://michiganradio.org/post/conservationists-celebrate-more-100-million-state-grants <p>Governor Rick Snyder <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/snyder/0,1607,7-277-57577-253464--,00.html">signed the bill authorizing</a> more than $102 million in grant money for more than 100 recreation projects and land acquisitions across the state. Michigan Radio&rsquo;s Lindsey Smith reports one of the largest grants will preserve dune-land along the Lake Michigan shore.</p><p>Peter Homeyer is executive director of The Land Conservancy of West Michigan.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;West Michigan and a lot of communities around the state are going to see projects now that are going to add to parkland and improve parks right close to home where folks can get out and enjoy nature with this new bill. Thu, 31 Mar 2011 16:27:14 +0000 Lindsey Smith 1867 at http://michiganradio.org Conservationists celebrate more than $100 million in state grants