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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 (variable time)

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 Paddle event.

Fall Color Paddle

Headwaters Trails sponsors a Fall Color Paddle the first Saturday in October.  Volunteers are needed to assist in this event.

River Cleanups

Headwaters Trails members get involved in river cleanups in the spring, summer and fall.  These cleanups are done using Best Practices methods, as spelled out by the MDNR.  We clear the river enough that boats can get through yet leave most of the trees in the water for bank protection and fish habitat.  The work involves cutting trees and 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, contact 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.

Trail Building Volunteers Needed

Headwaters 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.  

Planning 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.

Weekdays after school. Call Sue Julian to confirm 248-634-3513 or 248-388-1313.
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 :

Office help at 204 Franklin Street, Holly (research, writing, filing, etc.)

Fundraising assistance (greeter at events, writing, mailings, data base work)

Trail work (clearing and grading, wood chipping, removing river deadfalls)

River Trail development -- race promotion, signage, fundraising

Beautification (planting and maintaining flowers and trees along trails)



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Fenton Area Paddlers - An informal group of paddling enthusiasts organized by Maggie Yerman who posts paddling and work opportunities 810-735-9570 <yerantmag@yahoo.com>

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.

Greenways Initiative - 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.

Rails 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 Ponemah.

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.

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