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Letters 08-29-2016

Religious Bigotry President Obama has been roundly criticized for his apparent unwillingness to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism.” His critics seem to suggest that through the mere use of that terminology, the defeat of ISIS would be assured...

TC DDA: Focus On Your Mission What on earth is the Traverse City DDA thinking? Purchasing land around (not within) its TIF boundaries and then offering it at a discount to developers? That is not its mission. Sadly enough, it is already falling down on the job regarding what is its mission. Crosswalks are deteriorating all around downtown, trees aren’t trimmed, sidewalks are uneven. Why can’t the DDA do a better job of maintaining what it already has? And still no public restrooms downtown, despite all the tax dollars captured since 1997. What a joke...

European-Americans Are Boring “20 Fascinating People” in northern Michigan -- and every single one is European-American? Sorry, but this is journalistically incorrect. It’s easy for editors to assign and reporters to write stories about people who are already within their personal and professional networks. It’s harder to dig up stuff about people you don’t know and have never met. Harder is better...

Be Aware Of Lawsuit While most non-Indians were sleep walking, local Odawa leaders filed a lawsuit seeking to potentially have most of Emmet County and part of Charlevoix County declared within their reservation and thus under their jurisdiction. This assertion of jurisdiction is embedded in their recently constructed constitution as documentation of their intent...

More Parking Headaches I have another comment to make about downtown TC parking following Pat Sullivan’s recent article. My hubby and I parked in a handicap spot (with a meter) behind Mackinaw Brew Pub for lunch. The handicap spot happens to be 8-10 spaces away from the payment center. Now isn’t that interesting...

Demand Change At Women’s Resource Center Change is needed for the Women’s Resource Center for the Grand Traverse Area (WRCGT). As Patrick Sullivan pointed out in his article, former employees and supporters don’t like the direction WRCGT has taken. As former employees, we are downright terrified at the direction Juliette Schultz and Ralph Soffredine have led the organization...

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New Boardman Nature Center

Robert Downes - August 11th, 2008
Residents of the Traverse City area will find themselves a little closer to nature this week with the grand opening of the new Boardman River Nature Center on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16-17.
Located just over a mile south of S. Airport Road on Cass Road south of Traverse City, the new $1 million center will serve as the home offices of the Grand Traverse Conservation District, along with providing a wealth of nature displays, workshops, and programs for kids. Outdoor classes will be offered at an accompanying Oleson Pavilion.
“We’re going to have a lot of hands-on activities for children,” says Erin Howard, an outreach specialist and Americorps member with the Huron Pines organization. “There will also be many nature displays at the exhibit hall in the center, including some which were donated by Traverse City from the former zoo.”
Some 25,000 children live within an hour’s drive of the new Nature Center, making it a prime destination for school outings.
For some area residents, the Nature Center is likely to be an introduction to what is largely an ‘unknown’ park just south of Traverse City. The center will provide a gateway to a 600-acre nature preserve that straddles the city and Garfield Township along the Boardman River. To date, entrance to the preserve has been largely through an obscure parking lot off Cass Road at the Sabin Dam.
But with an attractive new building, parking lot and signage, the trail system through the preserve now seems much more inviting and accessible. Future plans call for the extension of the TART Trail system through the length of the preserve, connecting to a new trail that runs along the shore of Boardman Lake.
Those who visit the preserve will find opportunities for hiking, paddling, fishing, bird watching, spectacular vistas that change with the seasons, and a peaceful place to reflect on nature that’s just minutes from the hubbub of S. Airport Road and its malls.

GRAND OPENING
“The center has been several years in the making, with many local organizations getting involved and donating funds,” Howard notes. “Grand Traverse County offered a challenge grant of $100,000 and local contributors helped the center to reach that goal.” In fact, there were more than 300 donors, including big contributors such as Rotary Charities.
She adds that the Nature Center is a ‘green’ building, constructed with the latest energy-saving systems and materials.
“The center also uses native plants for its landscaping and the grounds include a butterfly garden along with a bird-feeding station donated by Wild Birds Unlimited.”
This weekend’s event will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Activities will include tours of the center, hands-on nature exploration programs, green building sessions and homeowner workshops, nature hikes, canoeing, and other fun activities. There will also be a live animal exhibit offered by Nature Discovery on Saturday, and a live raptor program of birds such as hawks and falcons presented by Rebecca Lessard of Wings of Wonder on Sunday. All programs except canoeing will be offered free of charge.

The new Boardman River Nature Center and the Sabin Pond Trailhead is located 1.25 miles south of S. Airport Road on Cass Road, south of Traverse City.
 
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