Volunteers needed to collect native Michigan seeds

Lansing, Michigan (AP) October 2011

The state is looking for volunteers who can help harvest native prairie seeds at state parks and recreation areas in southern Michigan.

The Department of Natural Resources says volunteers on needed on weekends throughout October and early November.

The collected seeds will be used to restore tallgrass prairie, lakeplain prairie and oak savanna ecosystems nearly eliminated when the state was settled by Europeans.

The ecosystems can be found in small remnants, many within state parks and recreation areas.

A schedule of the 16 collection dates, including meeting times, locations and a registration form, can be found on the DNR website at www.michigan.gov/dnrvolunteers .

Volunteers are asked to wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring drinking water, sunscreen and an empty, clean, dry milk jug in which to collect the seeds.