Fenton Area Paddlers – An informal group of paddling enthusiasts organized by Maggie Yerman who posts paddling and work opportunities 810-735-9570 yerantmag at 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.
Izaak 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.
(Out-dated expired 2011) 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 (disbanded)- 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.