A few weeks back, my mother and I assisted the Grand Traverse Conservation District staff plant Milkweed plugs along the banks of the Boardman River. This section of the river, and many others, have been restored to flow along a more natural path (after the removal of the aging dam).
The restoration efforts entailed large quantities of soils and other established substrates to be relocated, shaped and transformed into the new flow path of the river. And in doing so, large portions of land along the river became exposed. Exposed topsoil is inviting to both native plant species, and of course, invasive ones as well. Thus the importance of populating the land with as many native species as possible: in this case, Milkweed (both common and Swamp varieties).
My mother and I planted a total of 80 plugs that morning. With the aid of other volunteers, approximately 1,000 plugs were planted (just a rough guess). In the coming months, I hope to revisit the site, to see how the work of many, doing our part, can make a difference.
*For updates on the restoration effort, visit the link below: