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Nature walks planned on Dickinson area trails

KINGSFORD — Joshua Isaac, the district forester with the Dickinson/Menominee Conservation District, will be conducting guided nature hikes starting this Friday to have conversations about everything from forest management to wildfire, invasive species, tree, plant, bird, animal, insect and fungi identification, and the relationships some of these organisms have with each other.

These hikes will begin at 10 a.m. every other Friday and continue through Sept. 23 on a different trail system within Dickinson and Menominee counties.

They will be a minimum of one hour but likely longer, with no real maximum time length, as they will be at a nice and easy pace.

They will also be conducted only if the weather is cooperative — not raining or storming — as he wants people to enjoy this time to the fullest and get the most they can out of the experiences.

All ages are welcome, and participants can come and go as they please during the walks.

The schedule is —

— Friday: Iron Mountain City Park;

— July 15: Millie Hill;

— July 29: North Trail Head at Fumee Lake;

— Aug. 12: South Trail Head at Fumee Lake;

— Aug. 26: Piers Gorge;

— Sept. 9: Merriman Trails;

— Sept. 23: Escanaba River State Forest.

All participants should also bring their own water and snacks, as well as weather-appropriate gear, as it may be warm, muggy and buggy.

For directions to the trails or any other information, contact Issac at 906-774-1550, ext. 100, or email dmFAPforester@gmail.com.

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