2015-08-06 / Outdoors

Conservancy Picnic still on; 100 trees uprooted in Palmer Woods

Undaunted by the severe weather that impacted Leelanau County over the weekend, the Leelanau Conservancy is throwing a picnic as a thank you for the work of its volunteers.

On Tuesday, Tom Nelson, Conservancy executive director, issued a release through its website confirming that the event would go ahead as planned.

“Months of effort have gone into planning this event,” he said. “We sincerely hope it will provide folks with a much-needed break from the storm clean-up happening throughout Leelanau.”

The annual event is widely popular, attracting 800 or more people..

“It’s arguably the biggest event of the year for us,” Nelson said.

One pre-picnic event is a hike through the new Palmer Woods property in Glen Arbor. The storm, according to the release, uprooted more than 100 trees on the 700-acre site.

“As a result, Palmer Woods hike participants will have a truly unique opportunity to witness the impacts of the storm on a healthy forest,” Nelson said.

The picnic is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. and will be held at the Chippewa Run Natural Area in Empire.

For more information, contact the conservancy at 256-9665.

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