The TLC wants to help protect all natural areas in the Thumb. Because of the many variations of landscapes, soils, moisture, microclimate, influence of the Great Lakes, the Thumb has many different plant communities and species that depend on them. Of the many landscapes and plant communities, we are particularly interested in those areas most at-risk of loss, rare, or unique to the Thumb.

The Huron Beach Ridge and Swales habitat is part of what truly makes the Blue Water Area and Thumb shoreline unique. TLC must raise well over $100,000 in a short time. We hope this will be the first acquisition of a larger shoreline initiative. If you would like to donate, click here for more details.

For the Silver Trails Boy Scout Camp, special TLC accounts are dedicated to Silver Trails, to be used by the 9-Tree Fellowship to support the camp program, pay for camp improvements, purchase a conservation easement, or purchase the camp if it should be offered for sale. If you would like to donate, click here for more details.

Thank you for your generosity and willingness to support our great conservation projects.

The TLC has begun fundraising to acquire 30 acres of forested beach ridge and swale habitat along Lake Huron in Burtchville Township. The property is located along the west side of M-25 about mile north of Metcalf Road. The habitat is very unique, restricted along the Great Lakes, composed of sand ridges and low muck swales paralleling the shoreline. The ridges are old beaches that began forming about 4,500 years ago as a higher post-glacial lake level began to subside, leaving a succession of sand bars, then beaches, beyond the waves.

Uncommon species like Purple-flowering Raspberry (the Lower Peninsula's equivalent of the Upper Peninsula's Thimbleberry) and Yellow Lady's-slipper Orchids are found in this habitat.

For anyone that has done any bird watching along the shoreline, it is obvious that this habitat is a critical pathway for an abundance of migratory birds. For more information about this habitat, see the Thumb Habitats article in the December 2003 edition of The Lakeshore Guardian here.

Beach ridge and swale habitat is part of what truly makes the Blue Water Area and Thumb shoreline unique. TLC must raise well over $100,000 in a short time. We hope this will be the first acquisition of a larger shoreline initiative.

If you are interested in supporting our fundraising efforts to acquire this incredible habitat for future generations to come, click the link below for more information.

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The 9-Tree Fellowship is an initiative of the TLC to foster a Scouting alumni group for Silver Trails Scout Reservation, a 300-acre Boy Scout camp west of Jeddo along the west side of the Black River. With so many scout camps having been closed or sold in recent years, the TLC is hoping to be able to offer support to ensure the same fate does not befall Silver Trails. Camp alumni groups have been able to organize, fundraise, and rescue several scout camps across the US and Canada. Successes have ranged from working with scout councils to increase camp use and develop new programs, to paying for conservation easements, to purchasing all or portions of camps, to ensuring that camps are sold to similar camping organizations or conservation buyers.

Perhaps one of the best examples of an alumni group is the Owasippe Staff Association http://owasippe.com/ that rescued Owasippe Scout Reservation near Muskegon, Michigan, the oldest scout camp in the US, from an impending sale by the Chicago Area Council around 2005 through 2007. They are still working to ensure that Camp Owasippe remains a valued part of the council program.

If you are interested in assisting our efforts to rescue and preserve this very special camp and all it's memories for years to come, click the link below for more information.

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