April 2023 eNewsletter

Volunteer Opportunities

Adopt a Highway Litter Pick-up - The first of three 2023 Litter Pickups will occur on Tuesday, April 24 at 5 p.m. To learn more or to sign-up click the volunteer button. 

Ludington State Park Garlic Mustard Pull - Saturday, June 3, 10 a.m. to noon. Help protect the park from invasive plants like garlic mustard and spotted knapweed! We’ll cover the basic plant identification and then pull plants near the trailhead. Meet at the small parking area at the intersection of Piney Ridge Rd and 19th Street, which is just north of the Hobby Crest Resort. Long sleeve shirts, long pants and closed-toed shoes are highly recommended. For more information contact Emily Leslie.

To volunteer for Garlic Mustard Pull

Michigan Returnables Program - A yearly summer FLSP fundraiser is the collection and return of Michigan returnables. Camp Hosts sort the returnables for FLSP, about 40% of the returnables are returned to two beer distributors, and the remaining ones are returned by volunteers to local stores.  We need volunteers for the end of each week to take back returnables.

To volunteer for the Returnables Program

Board Seat Opening - The FLSP Board is seeking qualified applicants. If you are interested in being considered, please complete and return by April 15 a Board Member application which can be found by clicking here. The Board meets six to eight times a year and Board Members actively coordinate and help with various FLSP projects and events throughout the year.  

FLSP Spring Zoom Sessions

Everyone is invited to participate in these no cost Zoom sessions by registering here.

  • Invasive Species Management in and around the Ludington State Park with Bri Jasinski, MLCD, Vicki Sawicki, CISMA, Sara Bolan, AFFEW and Jim Gallie, LSP - Tuesday, April 4, 7 p.m.
  • State of the Ludington State Park with Jim Gallie, LSP Park Manager - Tuesday, April 25, 7 p.m.

Recordings of each event are available on the FLSP website within a week of the event having taken place.

    AFFEW Events

    A Few Friends for the Environment (AFFEW) has a number of upcoming events:

    • All About Native Plants - April 6 at 7 p.m. at the Lakeshore Resource Network 920 E Tinkham Ave., Ludington - Presenter: Cheryl Gross, President of Plant It WildNeed help deciding what native plants are best for your property? Then this presentation is for YOU! Cheryl Gross will give information about the benefits of ecological gardening with native plants and how best to incorporate them into your landscape based on your growing conditions. To register for this free presentation, email Sara Bolan.

    • Earth Day 2023 - Saturday, April 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the United Methodist Church of Ludington, 5810 E. Bryant Road, Ludington, MI.  Among other participants will be FLSP and Alan Wernette, LSP Park Interpreter. There will be a keynote session featuring: A conversation about Environmental Protection in Michigan with author Dave Dempsey and special guest, Lois DeBacker. For more information regarding the days activities, visit the AFFEW Earth Day webpage
    • Native Plant Sale - Now through April 22

        Happy Little Trees 5K 

        The Happy Little Trees 5K is a fundraiser for the Michigan DNR. Proceeds support tree planting and forest protection efforts – such as invasive plant and forest pest management and early detection surveys – in Michigan state parks and recreation areas. In the past, the LSP has planted trees funded through this effort.

        FLSP is partnering with Ludington Run Club to host an in person Happy Little Trees 5K fun run / walk / roll on April 22. If you are joining us in person, you need to register at Happy Little Trees 5K and on the FLSP website so we will know how many to expect at the LSP. For more information click here

        Monthly Guided Hikes Reminder

        The next guided hike will be on Sunday, April 16, starting from the Warming Shelter at 2 p.m. You do not have to be an experienced hiker to participate since hiking pace and length varies depending on the interest of the participants.

        Beware of Ticks

        With the return of nice weather please be careful when enjoying the LSP that you avoid ticks that can cause serious health issues. For information on Michigan's 5 Most Common Ticks click here. To learn about Ticks and Your Health click here

        National Archery Day

        May 13 is National Archery Day. For more information regarding activities at LSP click here.

        Blessing of the Boats

        The Blessing of the Boats has selected FLSP as their 2023 charity partner. The event will be held on June 24 in Waterfront Park. Please plan on supporting this upcoming event!

        Fishing Season Fast Approaching

        From the MI Department of Health and Human Services

        As Michigan’s anglers begin preparing for the season, we urge them to familiarize themselves with the Eat Safe Fish Guides to learn more about the risks and benefits of eating fish caught in Michigan. The Eat Safe Fish Guide contains fish consumption guidelines and advisories for hundreds of waterbodies in Michigan. These regional guides can help Michiganders plan their fish consumption to minimize exposure to chemicals that can build up in fish, while still getting all the health benefits of eating fish!

        Eat Safe Fish consumption guidelines are not laws or regulations, and no one is required to follow them. Instead, the guidelines are a free resource for those who would like information about which fish, and how much of those fish, are healthy to eat from various bodies of water across the state.

        The Eat Safe Fish Guides can be found here. They are split up by region (Upper Peninsula and Northwest, Northeast, Southwest, and Southeast Lower Peninsula). Some of the most useful tools and factsheets available on the Eat Safe Fish website include:

        FLSP 2023 Improvement Projects

        Thanks to many generous donations our 2023 projects are fully funded! We are adding a second track chair, replacing two of the beach wheelchairs and adding a walkway on the Hamlin Beach like the walkway that FLSP funded ten years ago on the Lake MI beach.

        You can donate to future projects by clicking here.