Near the shores of the Lake Michigan sits a grove of sequoias. They stand on the site of a former Morton Salt Factory, where men once mined salt brine out of the Great Lakes. Sequoia trees are not native to Michigan, but this grove has grown in Manistee for more than 65 years, ever since Mrs. Morton brought the saplings with her from the West Coast. Since then, the giant trees have grown accustomed to tough Michigan winters.
Those trees are going to take another trip. Or their clones will.
Starting with President Nixon in 1973, every U.S. President has pledged to make America energy independent. That same year, 500 drilling permits were issued in Michigan, and the quest for domestic oil nearly destroyed one small village in Northern Michigan.
Williamsburg is about halfway between Traverse City and Kalkaska. It was settled in a place American Indians called the Weesh Ko Wong, or clear cold water, because of the many natural springs that bubble up there. Spring-fed trout ponds and a state fish hatchery were once the pride of Williamsburg.
It might get a little easier for the Traverse City community to be green this summer.
The city is getting three water bottle filling stations this summer. One new and two retrofitted stations will be installed in The Open Space. They will have a unified look and are forest green in color.
The concept will go to the city commission next week for approval.
Katie Lowran is deputy city clerk for Traverse City. She says the purpose is two-fold.
Statewide Bat Program Director Bill Scullon explains the bat's importance to Michigan agriculture and why the fungus makes it so hard for bats to survive the harsh Michigan winter.
Bats play a critical role for farms and forests by eating insects, lots of them.
“Bats in Michigan had an economic benefit of $528 million to $1.2 billion dollars for farmers,” says Bill Scullon, the statewide bat program coordinator for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.