Forest Management in Practice
Alcona Community Schools owns a parcel of 70 acres in Caledonia township just East of Hubbard Lake. As the district has looked at creative ways to engage students in education outside the walls of the classrooms, they have begun to utilize this property for learning. One of the primary ways to teach students about their environment is to start taking care of it. By working with two local foresters, the district will conduct a cut on the Caledonia property that not only cares for the property but provides additional opportunities to students.
Once the district was able to move forward with the cut at Caledonia, they also were able to utilize the planned revenue to purchase the 43 acres behind the elementary with some to spare to help offset additional new schools bus purchases the district sorely needed. It was indeed a win/win. Students will also be able to visit the logging project as it takes place over the next few weeks to see the management and equipment in action, which should be a tremendous learning experience for all involved. One last unique benefit of the cut is that the district plans to work with students to map, sign, and create a multi-use trail loop on the property after logged that will be available for community use. There are plans to have parking available, and the trail could be used for walking, hiking, running, and potentially XC skiing. We will pass along more details as the plans develop.
As Cona is in year two, the district was left looking for a new home due to personal reasons for the family that started the program. He still has a bit of training to go through, but he has been able to increase his time in the elementary building, all the while helping students. A huge thank you goes out to Mael Fritz-Wilson for her work at starting the program. I also want to thank Jessica Smith and her family for volunteering to continue the program in the school. If you have questions about the therapy dog program, contact 989-736-6212.
Just a reminder, we have a ½ day on the 27th and no school on the 28th and 29th. I hope you all enjoy the time away with family.
Just a reminder, our new middle, and high school wrestling program is up and running with practices. If your child would like to participate, have them contact the high school office for more information.