When asked why Roger volunteers with LFC he explained that “as a member of the LFC Board of Directors I believe it's important to support staff by working with them in the field when volunteers are needed. Doing this has helped me learn firsthand about the challenges of maintaining and monitoring LFC's nature preserves. I believe I've become a better Board member because of what I've learned through participating in a variety of events and work sessions. Of course, it's also fun to be outdoors and enjoy the natural surroundings.”
Roger thinks if preserving natural areas is important or of interest to you, you can contribute to that effort by volunteering with Little Forks. “Through volunteering you can make a positive and tangible difference in the natural environment. Most if not all tasks completed by volunteers provide tangible benefits that can be seen immediately. Anyone who likes to spend time outdoors and isn't afraid to get their hands dirty will have a rewarding experience.”
We reached out to Mary to see what she enjoys most about volunteering with Little Forks Conservancy. “I enjoy volunteering with LFC because land conservation in mid-Michigan is important to me, and Little Forks is a great steward of the lands they protect. Also, it's fun to meet other volunteers and to spend the day outside making improvements to a beautiful natural area.”
A fond memory Mary has while volunteering happened during the Spring Stream Sampling in 2021, which took place on a beautiful sunny day. While at the George and Sue Lane Preserve, picking macroinvertebrates from a tray, Mary recalls being impressed by the amount of life in the Cedar River. However, finding a small trout upon emptying the bucket brought back from the collector, added to the excitement of the event! The young trout was returned to the river quickly.
Mary thinks others should become a volunteer at Little Forks because “there's something that everyone can do. It's great for families, businesses, and retirees to sign up and provide much-needed muscle for improvement projects.” With a small organization of only three full time staff, volunteers are essential to getting projects completed.
Mary emphasized that “For those who prefer to show their support through a donation, it's important to know that Little Forks is a careful steward of their finances, and is always striving to make their dollars deliver the best value. Little Forks appreciates their volunteers, so it's enjoyable to get involved in any way you can!”