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Friends Newsletter

September 2017

Dear <<First Name>>,

Happy Fall and welcome to the Friends Newsletter!  Things are happening at Wetzel SRA the next few months and we wanted to let you know! 

Friends is doing more and more important work at the park. Please consider a donation to our General Fund so we can continue our efforts. No one at Friends gets a paycheck. We are all volunteers!
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Friends of WC Wetzel State Park 

Autumn Olive Management

Please consider volunteering with us on Saturday, September 30th for Autumn Olive Management at Wetzel SRA. We will meet at the main parking lot on Werderman Rd. just south of New Haven Rd.  No experience is necessary. Bring your gloves, wear long pants and heavy boots. If you have a pair of lopping shears, please bring them along.

We also need a volunteer for a pizza run just before noon. Drop a note to me if you are interested, even if you don't plan to participate in the event. Pizza is important!
Coffee and donuts at 8:30am
Field Work from 9:00am - Noon
Lunch provided for all volunteers at Noon

Phragmites Management Update

At a cost of $6,000.00, the initial treatment of 25 acres of Phragmites in October 2016 was very successful. Everyone involved in the project was expecting we would need three years of professional treatment before Friends would be able to manage the regrowth but, a follow up application this month will be all that's necessary before we can manage regrowth without too much special equipment.

Two areas at Wetzel did not get treated last October and are scheduled for treatment along with the follow up treatment the week of September 25th.  The areas are approximately 6 acres total and are being treated at a cost of $1,450.00. The follow up treatment of regrowth is being completed at a cost of $650.00. Friends is responsible for 20% of those costs and has committed volunteer hours to future maintenance and habitat restoration in the treated areas.

This project was funded in part with funds from the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program through the Departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality, and Agriculture and Rural Development awarded to Friends through the Lake St. Clair Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (LSC‑CISMA) with matching funds and donations of labor and equipment from St Clair Flats Hunting Retrievers Club, Pheasants Forever,  Friends of WC Wetzel State Park and Algonac State Park. 

We are extremely grateful for the support we have gotten for this very important project.

Due-less Membership

Friends is changing to a due-less membership. We feel that the concept will open up more opportunities to find volunteers and hope that more people and groups will put their names in Friends' pool of possible resources to call on. Not everyone can volunteer every time and some may not be able to volunteer at all. Donations are the same way. Will we ask? Of course. 

We want to get more people and groups involved. Wetzel SRA has much to offer and it's at least partly up to us to keep it in a condition conducive to a great user experience whether it be hunting, hiking, fishing, outdoor photography, bird watching or just enjoying the outdoors. 

Please consider forwarding this newsletter to a friend. Stand with us as a strong support for Wetzel SRA.

Scout Plans Hornaday Conservation Project

Eagle Scout Brant Hoerauf has taken on a project at Wetzel SRA worthy of a Hornaday title. He is in the planning process at the moment for a habitat restoration project along part of the shoreline of the first pond off the Werderman Rd. parking lot. His plan has been approved by Dennis Wilson, Park Supervisor and his Hornaday Advisor. Brant is in the process of procuring the assistance he needs and raising funds to purchase seed and plugs for the project.  He estimates the seed and plugs and associated supplies will cost between $300 and $400.  The area he will be restoring is between 2,500 and 3,000 square feet.

If you would like to help Brant by making a donation for purchasing seed and plugs please visit his Gofundme page at

Habitat Improvement/Restoration

Friends continues to work with DNR, Pheasants Forever and the National Wild Turkey Federation on habitat improvement at Wetzel SRA. Although we are in the very beginning phase of the process, it looks promising for all involved that things will be very serious by spring of 2018.  Some of the areas that are being considered for an initial project are just north of the RCCD Flying Field, just south of 27 Mile Rd at the dead end and further south in the open fields that are currently overgrown with scrub, Autumn olive and numerous other woody plants.

The discussions so far have included improvements for many types of ground birds including turkey, pheasant and quail which in turn will benefit other animal populations including the human animal, rendering a positive user experience for sportsman and photographer alike.

If you would like to be involved in this or any other project please let me know by dropping me a note at with your name, age (if under 18), phone and email address.

Duck/Goose Hunters Be Aware

Members of the Radio Control Club of Detroit reported that on the weekend of September 9-10, the shelter at the flying field was sprinkled with shot more than once. Please make sure you are aware of structures and homes at the park and honor the 450' Safety Zone.  450' from the RCCD Field IS considered a NO SHOOTING - SAFETY ZONE.

Share the Park

Hunting season is in full swing. We like to remind everyone that Wetzel SRA is a multi-use area. Please respect the rights of all users pursuing their preferred activity. Non-hunters please wear some hunter orange, enjoy the outdoors and respect legal use of the park. Hunters, please honor safety zones, enjoy yourself, be safe and respect legal use of the park.

We remind everyone that permanent blinds used for hunting or non hunting activities are illegal on state land. 

Please practice:
"Carry-in, Carry-out"
"Leave it cleaner than you found it"
"Pick up after your dog while on the trails"
"Make it better for the next person"

Report illegal activity to the Macomb County Sheriff at 911 (emergency) or 586-469-5151 or by calling RAP at 800-292-7800.
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