Yes, it is fall, and fall means changes.  Not just colorful changes……but also physical changes on-site.  Yesterday was a glorious, near-perfect autumnal day, and some of our staff took advantage of it to work on some landscaping around the Visitor Center.  First, in the morning, members of the Cut-n-Dab Society removed weeds and invasive species from around the bird feeders near the patio.  Well done!  Then, in the afternoon, we started to place some of the magnificent rocks donated to us by Mike Hoover in the same spot – a perfect accent for this location.

One by one three impressive specimens were moved on the fork of our Bobcat.  Some were easily placed, while others required a little more consultation and manipulation.

In the end, the three rocks were placed just so, and they sure do look nice!  Next we will do some “natural landscaping” around the feeders – some mulch, some logs, a native shrub or two that will provide good food for the birds and nice shape and color for the humans.  We might even add a water feature…time will tell.

But wait!  There’s more change>>>

When I pulled into the driveway this morning, I was greeted by this sight:

Hooray!  The limestone has arrived!

Carefully covered with a tarp to protect it from rain and little feet, this limestone is part of the final stage in the completion of the “new” Nature for All Trail.

This next week contractors and representatives from the company that makes the GreenPave product we are using to create the hard surface on this trail will be here to spread the limestone, mix it with the GreenPave and lay it out as the final coat on the trail!

If all goes according to plan, by this time next week we should have a new hard-surface trail for visitors with strollers, wheelchairs, and walkers to enjoy.  The next phase:  interpretive signage, which is currently in the works at a company in Ohio.

Yep – change is coming.


About Dahlem Center

The Dahlem Center is a non-profit nature center/environmental education center located on almost 300 acres just south of the city of Jackson, Michigan. The Center is one arm of the Dahlem Conservancy, which includes land conservancy and stewardship in its mission.
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