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Encompassing about 25,000 acres across five counties in southeast Michigan, the Huron-Clinton Metroparks contains some of the largest and most diverse greenspaces in our area. Open prairies, shady forests, and lively wetlands are home to an incredible array of plants and wildlife and provide prime opportunities for hiking, fishing, wildlife viewing, nature study, and a host of other outdoor activities.

The Metroparks Natural Resources Department oversees and manages undeveloped land throughout the 13 Metroparks. The goal of the Natural Resources Department is to protect and restore significant elements of natural diversity while balancing ecological stewardship with compatible recreational uses.

The natural diversity of the Metroparks is reflected in the number of unique habitats, animals, and plants found throughout the parks. For example, Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie are home to remnants of the disappearing Great Lakes coastal marshes; Kensington, Stony Creek, and Indian Springs host healthy populations of the rare Eastern Massasauga rattlesnake; and a population of mullein foxglove at Oakwoods is one of only two known in the state of Michigan. The Natural Resources Department actively protects and manages these precious resources, often calling upon volunteers to lend a helping hand.

Learn more about land, water, and stewardship at the Metroparks.

Natural Resouces Documents

Natural Resource Projects

This list contains medium and large scale projects exclusively. Normal maintenance activities such as small scale garlic mustard control are not listed in an effort to keep the list manageable.

MetroparkProjectDescription Timeline
DelhiEarly Detection Rapid ResponsePurple Loosestrife, Japanese Stilt Grass, and Japanese Hedge Parsley monitoring and removalMarch – July 2019
DelhiInvasive Shrub and Vine ControlWest Delhi and river corridorJune – December 2019
Dexter-HuronPrescribed BurnOxbow PrairieMarch – May 2019
Dexter-HuronEarly Detection Rapid ResponsePurple Loosestrife, Japanese Hedge Parsley, Tree of Heaven monitoring and removal.March – July 2019
Dexter-HuronInvasive Shrub and Vine ControlBallfield Wetland, Main Park Woods, Oak Barrens, Floodplain Forests.June – December 2019
Hudson MillsEarly Detection Rapid ResponseJapanese Hedge Parsley, Dames Rocket, Japanese Knotweed, Flowering Rush, Purple Loosestrife monitoring and removal.March – July 2019
Hudson MillsHabitat RestorationImproving habitat for protected species.May – August 2019
Hudson MillsInvasive Shrub and Vine ControlNature Trails, East Boundary, Group Camp.June – December 2019
Hudson MillsOak Wilt RemediationEast river Hike-Bike TrailNovember – December 2019
Huron MeadowsPrescribed BurnMaltby Lake Dry-Mesic ForestMarch – May 2019
Huron MeadowsEarly Detection Rapid ResponseJapanese Hedge Parsley, Sericea, Tree of Heaven, Oregon Grape monitoring and removal.March – July 2019
Huron MeadowsInvasive Shrub and Vine ControlMaltby Lake Shore, Ore Lake SwampJune – December 2019
Huron MeadowsPhragmites ControlMaltby LakeAugust – October 2019
Huron MeadowsOak Wilt RemediationMaltby Lake Dry-Mesic ForestNovember – December 2019
Indian SpringsPrescribed BurnEDC PrairiesMarch – May 2019
Indian SpringsEarly Detection Rapid ResponseBlack and Pale Swallow-wort, Sericea, Birdsfoot Trefoil monitoring and removal.March – July 2019
Indian SpringsHabitat RestorationImproving habitat for protected species.May – August 2019
Indian SpringsInvasive Shrub and Vine ControlEDC Prairies, Lower Pond Hibernacula.June – December 2019
Indian SpringsPhragmites ControlHike-Bike Trail, Timberland Swamp ComplexAugust – October 2019
Indian SpringsOak Wilt RemediationHike-Bike TrailNovember – December 2019
KensingtonPrescribed BurnWildwing Fen, Tamarack Fen, Milford Rd. Grassland.March – May 2019
KensingtonEarly Detection Rapid ResponseBlack and Pale Swallow-wort, Japanese Hedge Parsley, Japanese Knotweed monitoring and removal.March – July 2019
KensingtonHabitat RestorationImproving habitat for protected species.May – August 2019
KensingtonAquatic Nuisance Species ControlKent LakeJune – August 2019
KensingtonInvasive Shrub and Vine ControlAdministrative Woods, Wildwing Dry-mesic forest, Nature Center Trails, Tamarack Fen, East Border.June – December 2019
KensingtonPhragmites ControlKent Lake, Farm Center.August – October 2019
KensingtonGoose ManagementUse of trained dogs to discourage Canada Geese from utilizing beach and public recreation areas.Year round
KensingtonOak Wilt RemediationNorth Windfall, Flagstaff.November – December 2019
Lake ErieEarly Detection Rapid ResponseJapanese Hedge Parsley, Flowering Rush, Water Hyacinth, monitoring and removal.March – July 2019
Lake ErieAquatic Nuisance Species ControlMarinaJune – August 2019
Lake ErieInvasive Shrub and Vine ControlNature Center Viewshed, Erie Woods, Erie Marsh.June – December 2019
Lake EriePhragmites ControlThroughout park.August – October 2019
Lake ErieShoreline Softening and Marsh Restoration.1.6 million dollar grant awarded for shoreline naturalization and marsh restoration.September 2018 – September 2021
Lake St. ClairEarly Detection Rapid ResponseJapanese Hedge Parsley, Flowering Rush, Water Hyacinth, monitoring and removal.March – July 2019
Lake St. ClairShoreline Softening and Marsh Restoration.$170,000 Grant awarded to naturalize shoreline in North Marsh.May 2019 – September 2020
Lake St. ClairInvasive Shrub and Vine ControlNature Center Prairie, Parking Lot Swales.June – December 2019
Lake St. ClairPhragmites ControlThroughout park.August – October 2019
Lake St. ClairGoose ManagementUse of trained dogs to discourage Canada Geese from utilizing beach and public recreation areas.Year round
Lake St. ClairADA Accessible Fishing Dock InstallationFloating dock at Boat Launch to provide fishing opportunities for people of all types of abilitiesMarch-September 2019
Lake St. ClairMarsh Bird SurveysConduct surveys in the restored North Marsh and Point Rosa Marsh for habitat dependent species.Performed yearly in June.
Lower HuronPrescribed BurnFox Woods Ravine, Bobwhite Wetland.March – May 2019
Lower HuronInvasive Shrub and Vine ControlRobbe Farm, Woods Creek, Bobwhite Woodland.June – December 2019
Lower HuronPhragmites ControlThroughout park.August – October 2019
OakwoodsInvasive Shrub and Vine ControlNature Area Trails, Salamander Grassland/Woods, White Oak Woodland, Railroad Floodplain Forest.June – December 2019
OakwoodsPhragmites ControlThroughout park.August – October 2019
OakwoodsPipeline Corridor RestorationNature Study WoodlandsJune – December 2019
OakwoodsGrassland Bird SurveysThroughout; survey for grassland birds as grasslands are restored to track community changes.Performed yearly in June.
Stony CreekPrescribed BurnNature Center Grasslands , Nature Center Prairie.March – May 2019
Stony CreekEarly Detection Rapid ResponseBlack and Pale Swallow-wort, Dames Rocket, Japanese Hedge Parsley, Japanese Knotweed monitoring and removal.March – July 2019
Stony CreekHabitat RestorationImproving habitat for protected species.May – August 2019
Stony CreekAquatic Nuisance Species ControlControl of aquatic nuisance species to increase accessibility and use of water for recreation.June – August 2019
Stony CreekInvasive Shrub and Vine ControlNature Center Prairie, Habitat Trail Grasslands.June – December 2019
Stony CreekGrassland Bird SurveysThroughout; survey for grassland birds as grasslands are restored to track community changes.Performed yearly in June.
Stony CreekGoose ManagementUse of trained dogs to discourage Canada Geese from utilizing beach and public recreation areas.Year round
Stony CreekPhragmites ControlThroughout park.August – October 2019
WillowAquatic Nuisance Species ControlControl of aquatic nuisance species to increase accessibility and use of water for recreation.June – August 2019
WillowInvasive Shrub and Vine ControlIndian Ridge Prairie, Big Bend.June – December 2019
Wolcott MillEarly Detection Rapid ResponseJapanese Knotweed, Tree of Heaven monitoring and removal.March – July 2019
Wolcott MillInvasive Shrub and Vine ControlHorse Trail Mesic Forest, Stream Corridor Restoration Sites.June – December 2019
Wolcott MillPhragmites ControlThroughout park.August – October 2019
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