Use of the Forest

Public use of Saginaw Forest is encouraged. Rules for the public's use include (but are not limited to):

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Popping up like Daisies

On Sunday I played teacher to a small group of Daisy Scouts.

I was both excited and mortified.

Feeling A) What could be more fun than a nature hike and talking about trees? I do it everyday, except I only get to talk about it to myself. Or the dog, but I don't think he's listening. It's great to halt some of that hermit behavior and blab your stream of tree consciousness to someone else.
Feeling B) Part of me was worried that I was broken from working too much with children in the past from all the crazy they laid on me.

GOOD NEWS, it's fun again!

With the exception of one young tyke that kept asking when it was going to be over, everyone seemed to enjoy it. As to be expected, almost everything I said went in one ear and out the other, but I made certain that they all remembered my favorite tree.

Many leaf collections were made. One boot fell off. Kids ask interesting questions.

Looking forward to future meetings and changes with the barn and the house. Things are moving along.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Haha! Good one.

So yesterday I noticed that several of the signs saying dogs must be leashed were pulled out of the ground and tossed off in the woods.

I'm having a difficult time understanding what this person was trying to accomplish. A) good soul, you left more than you pulled B) if your goal was to argue that having no signs meant the rule was nonexistent, you'll be very disappointed to hear that it's actually city ordinance, which means that sign or no, THEMS THE BREAKS. And now, I'm just less likely to be nice about it.

My dog is on a leash. Your dog must be on a leash. This is not only for your pet's protection, and that of other users, but also for those doing research in the forest. All it takes is your dog chasing one squirrel to end some poor PhD student's work. You don't want me thinking you are an irresponsible pet owner, do you? I don't know how you could live with that judgement.

The signs are back up. Should you continue to take them down, I will continue to put them up (they were not difficult to trace. Following your trail was as easy as following an elephant's, homie). And I will continue to enforce the rule.

Have a great day!

Saturday, October 19, 2013


Some of you might have noticed I haven't been around much since making the above mess last weekend clearing honey suckle and buckthorn. I have been going back and forth from Ann Arbor to Royal Oak visiting my grandpa in his last days. This is still going on. I miss being in the forest everyday!

The next two Sundays will be fun. Have a class coming tomorrow, and I'm leading a girl scout group around next Sunday. Look forward to reporting on it!

Monday, October 7, 2013


Everything is pretty much back to normal after a grand SNRE Campfire.

Photos: follow this link!

Now back to our regular programming.