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Adventure Paddle, second Sunday in June
Volunteers are also
needed beginning at 10am to:
direct parking (2 hours)
provide return transportation for canoes/kayaks (you need to bring a
pick-up truck) (2 hours)
take registrations (11:00-1:00)
help at an information booth (2 hours)
greet paddlers at the end point and help them out of the water (3 hours)
assist paddlers at points of difficulty along the route.(variable time)
serve as a sweep boat (4 hours)
Tow boat on the Fenton Mill Pond in case of wind or tired paddlers
Bring your own canoe or kayak so that you can join in the paddling fun
after helping out. We hope all our great volunteers will enjoy paddling
that day as well as take pride in helping to put on a premier Adventure
Trails sponsors a Fall Color Paddle the first Saturday in October.
Volunteers are needed to assist in this event.
Trails members get involved in river cleanups in the spring, summer and
fall. These cleanups are done using Best Practices methods,
spelled out by the MDNR. We clear the river enough that boats
get through yet leave most of the trees in the water for bank
protection and fish habitat. The work involves cutting trees
brush with loppers, hand saws, and chain saws, and pulling trash from
the river, meaning anything from paper, bottles, cans, old tires, and
other debris that either got washed into the river or was thrown in.
If this is something that you would like to do with us,
Chuck Julian with your name, phone number and email address, if you
have one. He will put you on the list of people to call for
cleanups. chuck.julian (at) GCS3D.COM or 248-634-3513.
Building Volunteers Needed
Trails works on land and water trails for multipurpose users and we
always need help with construction. Several projects are
ongoing--completing a connection by land to Seven Lakes State Park,
improving safety measures near Adademy footbridge, and potentially
beginning work on trails in Rose Township. Call Sue Julian for more
information at 248-634-3513. We work continually throughout the year
when volunteers are available. These efforts involve preparing the
ground, putting in wood chips, cutting out invasive plants and more.
and Monthly Board Meetings
The monthly board
meetings at 7pm on the first Wednesday of each month are key to
advancing our trails projects. Everyone is welcome to attend at 315 S.
Broad St. in the Village Chambers Room, at the back of the Holly Police
Station. Come and contribute your interests and skills. Contact
president Sue Julian at 248-634-3513.
after school. Call Sue Julian to confirm 248-634-3513 or
Help in the Headwaters Trail office at 204 Franklin Street in Rose
Township which is located in "Rose Center" off Milford Road. We need
sign painting and display planning, help with data entry, and help with
publicity for upcoming fundraisers.
Ongoing work :
help at 204 Franklin Street, Holly (research, writing,
assistance (greeter at events, writing, mailings, data base work)
work (clearing and grading, wood chipping, removing
Trail development -- race promotion, signage, fundraising
(planting and maintaining flowers and trees
THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS!
your financial support to the mission of Headwaters Trails, Inc. Click
here for membership and
Fenton Area Paddlers - An informal group of paddling enthusiasts
organized by Maggie Yerman who posts paddling and work opportunities
Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network - Connecting people, resources,
organizations, and programs through strategic investments and technical
support for projects that balance
economic, environmental, and social priorities.
- A program of the Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan
(CFSEM), designed to help link the communities of Southeast Michigan
"through the creation of a connected green infrastructure" that
includes multi-use trails and natural spaces. Information on CFSEM's
ambitious regional trail and greenspace plans can be found here.
National Park Service "Rivers
and Trails" Program - "Rivers & Trails" staff work
with communty groups and local and State governments to conserve
rivers, preserve open space, and develop trails and greenways." Info
available on the National Park Service's involvement in national and
Michigan projects. The RTAC program is aiding Headwaters Trails with
grant applications, technical advice and design considerations.
to Trails Conservancy, Michigan Office - A national
organization with offices in several states. They work to promote trail
construction and provide other trail groups with technical assistance.
North Oakland Headwaters Land
Conservancy - This local land conservancy is dedicated to
preserving the hills, streams, fields and woods in the headwaters of
the Flint, Clinton, Shiawassee and Huron Rivers. One goal of NOHLC is
the linkage of conservation areas along potential trail corridors.
Izaac Walton League -
This national conservation organization concentrates on river and
stream protection in honor of the author of The Compleat
Angler. The Fenton area chapter is supportive of the
establishment of the "Top of the Shiawassee" Water Heritage Trail on
the Shiawassee River.
Outdoor LIfe Save-a-Stream program - Motivating local residents to protect
their local stream and increase the habitat for fish.
The City of Fenton Parks -
Supporting Parks and Recreation along the Shiawassee River as well as
organizing cleanups every spring of the River from Bush Park to Lake
The townships of Brandon,
Groveland, Highland, Holly, Independence, Rose, and Springfield have
passed resolutions of support for an area network of trails. The
Village of Holly and the City of Fenton have joined in. Oakland County
Planning and Economic Development Services and the Road Commission of
Oakland County are providing planning assistance. Discussions are
underway with state and local parks for linking trails and extensions
to internal trails. Additionally, statewide utility companies have
opened the door to trail construction along local utility corridors.
Highland Equestrian Conservancy - The first of it's kind in Michigan, started as a
small grassroots group of concerned area residents with a mission to
conserve and protect natural resources while preserving the rural
character and equestrian heritage of Highland Township. The “Highland
Model” was established to promote conservancy space, interconnecting
greenways and wildlife corridors that include (multi-use and) equestrian
trails around new developments.
Osprey Watch of Southeast Michigan
- This volunteer organization promotes the efforts of the MDNR to
restore Osprey to Southeastern Michigan and educate the public about
this very special raptor. They would like to work with trails
groups and conservancies to site osprey nesting platforms.
Rose Oaks Equine Adventurers - yahoo group This organization is of horse enthusiasts working to promote riding trails and outings in Northeast Oakland County.
WilliH2O This Blog by Willi Guttman features paddling events and news about the river.
Shiawassee River Floatilla This
Facebook page features news about the annual Floatilla which is put on
by The City of Linden in cooperation with the Village of Holly, the
City of Fenton, Argentine Township, the Keepers of the Shiawassee and
Headwaters Trails on Facebook
Keepers of the Shiawassee on Facebook