Cooling temperatures, the beautiful colors of the fall leaves, partly sunny skies, and…frat boys? Well, those were just a few of the ingredients that helped make up a successful annual Red Cedar Clearing Event.
Despite the change in the weather and the early Saturday morning hours, I made my way to the Harris Nature Center to meet up with some of the volunteers that would be cleaning debris from the Red Cedar River. The first stop was the nature center where everyone was divided into different groups. Some of the groups would canoe to their assigned locations along the river and the others would travel by foot to other spots. The purpose was to help clear out some of the debris in the river such as fallen trees and shrubs so that navigation through the river would be easier.
Some of the people that came out to volunteer were the Lansing Oar and Paddle Club,
members of MSU Lamda Chi Alpha Fraternity, Rapid Tree Removal and Michigan Demolition and Excavation.
It was actually pretty fun seeing it all get done. We even ran into some of the wildlife in the woods. Before today I had NEVER seen wild turkeys and that was definitely something different to see.
But all in all, the turnout was a great success and the river is debris free now!!!