Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Hancock bike lane on White St. allows cyclists to ride against one-way motorized traffic

By Michele Bourdieu

Earlier this summer, the City of Hancock had these bike symbols and a bike lane painted on White Street to indicate bicycles may proceed from U.S. 41 down the hill on White St., which has been one way going uphill in the opposite direction since 2014. (Photos by Keweenaw Now)

HANCOCK -- For the last two years White Street in Hancock, which bypasses downtown Hancock allowing vehicles (except trucks) to drive uphill to U.S. 41, has been designated a one-way street going uphill only. Recently, however, motorists going up White Street may have noticed a new bike lane on their left, which allows bikes to come down White Street facing the one-way traffic. Any bikes going up White Street must ride with the traffic, as indicated by a "sharrow" (an arrow for sharing the lane with traffic).

At the bottom of the hill, where White Street begins in downtown Hancock, this bike symbol, a "sharrow," indicates bikes going up the one-way street must share the lane with motorized vehicles. The bike lane is painted only on the opposite side of the street, for bikes coming down the hill, facing traffic.

Earlier this summer, Gustavo Bourdieu, Keweenaw Now photographer and local resident, who often crosses White Street from Pine Street to access his neighborhood, noticed contractors painting the downhill bike symbols and bike lane, took some photos and expressed his concern.

"Drivers just recently became accustomed to the one-way traffic going up White Street only, so they don't expect any traffic coming down," Bourdieu said. "It's even more dangerous now to allow bikes going down the hill because bikes may be going faster, with less control, and drivers going uphill may not anticipate the bicycles coming down."

This is a view of the bike symbol near the intersection of White and Pine streets earlier this summer. At that time the bike lane was not yet completed. Now it has been added, but no caution lines have been painted at this intersection to warn motorists approaching White Street from Pine Street or Shafter Street.

He also noted drivers coming onto White Street or crossing it from a side street need to be aware of the bicycles.

Hancock City Councilman John Slivon, who has been active in promoting safe biking in the Keweenaw, said he believes there is a need for more signage on White Street to warn vehicle drivers of the bicycle traffic going both ways.

However, at present, the bike symbols, the painted lane for the downhill bike traffic and some yellow caution lines at intersections with side streets are the only warnings to drivers of motorized vehicles.

The yellow caution lines are painted at some, but not all, of the intersections along White Street.

These yellow caution lines near the intersection of White Street and E. Franklin Street near downtown Hancock are intended to warn motorists, cyclists and pedestrians of the bicycle traffic coming downhill in the bike lane that opposes the one-way vehicle traffic. 

Bill Marlor, City of Hancock Department of Public Works (DPW) director and an active cyclist himself, said he directed painting of the bike lane and the yellow caution lines at most of the intersections on White Street.

When we reached him, Marlor said he had just returned from a vacation in Iceland, where he saw bicycles everywhere, even on very narrow roads. The capital, Reykjavik, is set up for both bicycles and cars, more than in the U.S., he noted.

"I bike to work most days," Marlor told Keweenaw Now. "It's a good way to wake up in the morning and wind down after work."

Marlor said he considers the bike lane on White Street as "very temporary" -- a trial for the present since Hancock's present street renovation project (with construction now on Quincy Street) will include construction on White Street in the near future.

"If the [bike] lane is to be kept, we would have to come up with signs for both the bicycle and motorized traffic control," Marlor said. "I've been using it with caution."

He noted cyclists must control their speed going down the hill, and he has thought about posting a speed limit equivalent to a "walk your bike" speed.

"The only thing we're going to do now is collect comments and design ideas from the [City of Hancock] Bike and Pedestrian Committee," Marlor added. "I'd like to do something there [on White Street] for bicycles and pedestrians for the future. The City could go back to a two-way street, eliminate the bike lane, keep it as now or change."

Hancock City Manager Glenn Anderson said the City is always looking at adding bike lanes, and right now they are asking MDOT (Michigan Dept. of Transportation) to mark bike lanes on M-203 with bike symbols inside the City.

"We can always do more signs," Anderson added. "We can always do more."

Bicycle Ride of Silence raises safety awareness

Last Wednesday, August 24, BIKE - Bike Initiative Keweenaw, which promotes cycling safety, partnering with local law enforcement, hosted a 19-mile Bicycle Ride of Silence from Hancock to Chassell and back to honor people who have been injured or killed while biking, particularly in several recent tragic events in Michigan this year, and to raise awareness among all of the users that share the road.

Participants in the 19-mile Aug. 24, 2016, Ride of Silence gather for a group photo. The bicyclists rode from Hancock to Chassell and back. (Photo courtesy of Ride of Silence Facebook page.)

Steve Lasco, organizer of the Ride of Silence, said about 80 bicyclists participated in the ride. Lasco is a member of BIKE - Bike Initiative Keweenaw and also a designee from WUPPDR (Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region) on Hancock's Bike and Pedestrian Committee.

Bicyclists continue their Ride of Silence through downtown Houghton on Aug. 24, 2016. (Photo courtesy of Ride of Silence Facebook page)

"Distracted driving is a huge problem, even in our little area with its relatively light traffic, and that includes people older than 25," Lasco noted. "Far too many people drive their motor vehicle while looking at their phone or tablet. The fact is, distracted driving now has surpassed drunken driving as the USA’s Number One highway killer.

"The June incident in Kalamazoo (where an allegedly impaired driver plowed into nine cyclists riding in a group, killing five) just kind of hit me right in the heart and prompted me to organize our Ride of Silence," continued Lasco, a Keweenaw Bay resident. "I’ve been door-dinged, yelled at, and people have thrown things at me, all because I’m riding my bike lawfully on Michigan roads and streets. We simply ask that motorists slow down and share the road with cyclists and pedestrians. A motorist’s momentary lapse of awareness can in a second take the life of a cyclist or pedestrian. No text, game or video is so important that accessing it should cost another person their life."

Lasco also noted the Ride of Silence would not have been achievable without the support, cooperation and efforts of the City of Hancock Police Department, City of Houghton Police Department, Houghton County Sheriff’s Department, and the Department of Public Safety and Police Services at Michigan Tech University. 

In July, BIKE - Bike Initiative Keweenaw posted on their Facebook page a link to an article from the Detroit Free Press that noted "an alarming surge in [bicycle] crashes -- fatal and non-fatal -- reported by police agencies across the state." According to the article, bicycle fatalities in Michigan were up 57 percent from 2014 to 2015.*

* Click here for the July 13, 2016, Detroit Free Press article, "Fatal bicyclist crashes surged 57 percent in Michigan last year."

Monday, August 29, 2016

Pipe Out Paddle Protest 2016 against Line 5 oil pipeline to be Sept. 3

During the 2015 Pipe Out! Paddle flotilla protest, canoers and kayakers near the south end of the Mackinac Bridge call for shutting down Enbridge's Line 5 under the Straits of Mackinac. This year's protest will be Saturday, Sept. 3. (Photo by Keweenaw Now)*

MACKINAW CITY -- Calling all defenders of the Great Lakes! Concerned citizens calling for the SHUT DOWN of Enbridge Line 5 OIL PIPELINE under the Straits of Mackinac invite all Kayaktivists to join them in a flotilla of protest from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, at Mackinac Lighthouse Park, N. Huron Ave. and N. Nicolet St., Mackinaw City, Mich. Protest launch times will be at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Line 5 is a 63-year-old pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac. It carries light crude oil and natural gas, and it is owned by the same irresponsible company (Enbridge) that allowed the Kalamazoo River oil spill to occur. If this pipeline breaks, it will devastate the pristine waters of Lake Michigan for centuries. This pipeline poses too great a risk to our Great Lakes.*

A flotilla is a large group of kayaks/kayaktivists protesting on the water for a cause, or calling for an ACTION.  Some kayak rentals may be available, first come first serve. You can also observe the kayaks from shore. Grab-n-Go food and refreshments will be available. Visit the Pipe Out Paddle Facebook page for details and updates. Click here to register.

If you cannot attend, click here to donate to the cause.

* See Keweenaw Now's extensive article with videos and photos of last year's Pipe out Paddle Protest.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Hey, ho! Come to the Houghton County Fair Aug. 25, 26, 27, 28 in Hancock!

By Michele Bourdieu

The Houghton County Fair gets underway at 3 p.m. today, Aug. 25, 2016, and continues through Sunday, Aug. 28. The Midway will be the scene, not only of the popular rides but this year a Live Shark Encounter -- today at 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. See the Brochure for the complete schedule. (2015 File photos by Keweenaw Now)

HANCOCK -- Hey, ho! Come to the 2016 Houghton County Fair, opening at 3 p.m. today, Thursday, Aug. 25, at the Houghton County Fairgrounds, 1500 Birch St. in Hancock.

These cows seem to be engaged in a riveting conversation during the 2015 Houghton County Fair. This year don't miss the Swine, Dairy and Beef shows at the Livestock Pavilion on Friday, Aug. 26. Friday, from noon to 4 p.m., is also senior day and seniors 55 and over receive a Free Lunch! (2015 Video by Keweenaw Now)

This young farmer with the captivating smile is proud of her prize-winning rabbits. The Poultry and Rabbit Show this year is at 3 p.m. TODAY, THURSDAY, in the Small Animal Barn.

Sisters Carol and Nancy Bird enjoy the 2015 plant exhibit.

Prize winners in the 2015 Exhibit Hall, with the Mardi Gras theme. This year don't miss the 4-H exhibits, craft show and more in the Exhibit Hall, open until 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The Daily Gate Fee for the Fair is still a reasonable $7 for adults 16 and over, $5 for youth 7-15, and free for kids 6 and under. A one-day family pass is $20 for 2 adults and 4 children (7-15) from the same family entering as a group.  Click here for details and the whole schedule in the online Brochure.

Celebrate Aug. 25 National Park Service Centennial with Keweenaw National Historical Park

Today, Thursday, Aug. 25, marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service (NPS), which  was created to protect 35 national parks. Celebrate the Centennial with Keweenaw National Historical Park (KNHP) at Quincy Mine in Hancock and in Calumet. See the schedule above. Visit the KNHP Facebook page for more info. (Poster courtesy Keweenaw National Historical Park)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

New slide shows feature Keweenaw Science and Engineering Festival, alumni visitors, Science Fair winners, Lake Superior Celebration

By Michele Bourdieu

Carleigh Etapa, 2, of Oakfield, Wis., tries out a ringside seat during a tour of the 47-foot long U.S. Coast Guard Motor Lifeboat docked at the Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC) during the Aug. 5 Keweenaw Water Festival. Her Dad, Michigan Tech alumnus Jeff Etapa, supervises while Mom, Jen Etapa, tries to take her photo. (Photo by Keweenaw Now)

HOUGHTON -- Michigan Tech's Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC) and Houghton's Kestner Waterfront Park were full of activities for visiting alumni and families during the Keweenaw Science and Engineering Festival (KSEF) held Aug. 4, 5 and 6, 2016. From the Coast Guard boat tour to Michigan Tech's Mind Trekkers' hands-on science challenges and puzzles, kids of all ages learned about science and technology while having fun and enjoying sunny August weather.

Keweenaw Now captured some of the highlights of these events with photos we have now posted in our new slide show format. We also have added a slide show on the Western UP Science Fair winners and the April 26 Lake Superior Celebration at the GLRC. (See Slide Show announcement and links in our right-hand column).

Kris Hill, Coast Guard petty officer, who has spent four years as an engineer on the Coast Guard vessel, led visitors on a tour of the boat. He explained its purpose as a rescue vessel and pointed out the features that make this aluminum boat one of only two Coast Guard boats built to withstand hurricane-force winds and 20-foot waves on Lake Superior.

Pointing to the antennae on the Coast Guard vessel, Kris Hill, Coast Guard petty officer, explains to the Jordan family of Hancock some of the radio and radar equipment and the boat's capacity to survive even a complete roll-over, self-righting in less than 10 seconds. Pictured here are Catherine Jordan and her two sons, Adam (right) and Austin. (Photo by Keweenaw Now)*

"My job is what people retired hope to do," Hill said with a smile.

Groups of Michigan Tech alumni also had the opportunity to take a cruise on Michigan Tech's Research Vessel Agassiz during the Aug. 5 event at the GLRC.

Michigan Tech alumni visitors board the R/V Agassiz for an educational cruise. Inside the cabin, Captain Steve Roblee prepares the boat for a trip on the Keweenaw Waterway. (Photo by Keweenaw Now)

Guy Meadows, GLRC executive director and Michigan Tech professor, assisted visiting alumni in boarding Michigan Tech's R/V Agassiz for a cruise that including viewing the university's side-scan sonar equipment.

Guy Meadows, Michigan Tech professor and executive director of the Great Lakes Research Center waits on the dock outside the Center to help visitors on and off the R/V Agassiz (setting off for a cruise, top right) during the Aug. 5, 2016, event. At left is the 47-foot U.S. Coast Guard rescue vessel. (Photo by Keweenaw Now)

Meadows said he was happy to have the Coast Guard boat available for visitor tours during the Aug. 5 event.

"They're very impressive boats," he said of the 47-foot aluminum Coast Guard boat. "It's nice that they bring it down here for everybody to see."

Meadows was pleased with the number of visitors and the fact that the alumni reunion coincided with the Keweenaw Science and Engineering Festival.

"We had a really good turnout," he said. "Good weather sure helps!"

Visitors learn about invasive watermilfoil

Outside and inside the GLRC, Michigan Tech researchers displayed some of the university projects on invasive watermilfoil, a persistent aquatic plant that forms dense mats of vegetation on the surface of water. Milfoil mats can clog water intakes, interfere with swimming and boating and negatively impact other natural aquatic life.

Michigan Tech's Casey Huckins, right, professor of biological sciences, welcomes Michigan Tech alumnus Bryan Milde and his wife, Patti Milde, of Atlantic Mine, Mich., and answers their questions about invasive species. (Photo by Keweenaw Now)

Taylor Zallek, left, and Ryan Van Goethem, Michigan Tech graduate students in biological sciences, assist young future scientists Owen Cogswell, 5, and Kyle Cogswell, 9, in comparing native and invasive watermilfoil plants under the microscope. The Cogswell family, from Rousseau, Mich., were participating in the Keweenaw Science and Engineering Festival. (Photo by Keweenaw Now)

Inside the GLRC Pengfei Xue, Michigan Tech University assistant professor in civil and environmental engineering, explains computer modeling that helps researchers by showing the actions of invasive Eurasian watermilfoil now found in the Les Cheneaux Islands of Lake Huron. The invasive plant is spread by recreational activities, including boating. It has also been found in Torch Lake, but not yet in greater Lake Superior, he added. (Video by Keweenaw Now)

Kestner Waterfront Park: Family Engineering, Mind Trekkers, Science Theatre, more ..

The Keweenaw Science and Engineering Festival (KSEF) kicked off on Aug. 4 with Family Engineering Night at Kestner Waterfront Park, hosted  by Michigan Tech’s Center for Science and Environmental Outreach. Hands-on challenges for the whole family included designing and constructing the tallest tower with spaghetti and marshmallows, a solar house, wind turbines with popsicle sticks and styrofoam balls, and a geodesic dome made of toothpicks.

"It was wonderful to see how intent the youth were at solving the many engineering challenges they tackled. Most of the supplies are household items and can easily be repeated and 'improved upon' at home, just like real engineers always make improvements on their initial designs!" observed Joan Chadde, director of the Michigan Tech Center for Science and Environmental Outreach.

"The Michigan Tech students were terrific role models and encouraging coaches for the kids," Chadde added. 

During Family Engineering Night on Aug. 4, 2016, Joan Chadde, director of Michigan Tech's Center for Science and Environmental Outreach and coordinator of Family Engineering Night, helps the students test the paper package creations they made to hold exactly 293 pieces of popcorn. (Photo courtesy Joan Chadde)

Ryan Dixon of Houghton displays his colorful "Foam Gnome" creation, made with two different polymers, with Mind Trekkers member Kayla Wilson, Michigan Tech student in mechanical engineering technology, who is holding one that she made. (Photo by Keweenaw Now)

"Don't try this at home," warns Patrick Morgan of Michigan State University Science Theatre, as he makes "elephant toothpaste" by adding a catalyst to hydrogen peroxide in a chemistry demonstration in Kestner Waterfront Park during the Aug. 6, 2016 KSEF events. (Photo by Keweenaw Now)

April 2016: Science Fair Winners and Lake Superior Celebration

On April 16, 2016, the Carnegie Museum hosted a reception for Western UP Science Fair winners.

At the April 16 Carnegie Museum reception for Western UP Science Fair winners, Devin Messina, a 5th grader at Chassell Elementary, explains her project to prove the time it takes to peel an orange, based on eyesight. (April photos by Keweenaw Now)

Ritvik Thakur and his partner, Jacob Gordon (not pictured), Houghton Elementary 5th graders, compared three types of tennis balls -- cold, hot and room temperature -- to find out which bounced the highest. Ritvik explained that the contraction of air particles in the cold balls is the reason they have less force for bouncing.

Kids had a variety of opportunities for scientific activities at the April 26, 2016, Lake Superior Celebration in the GLRC. Community members of all ages also had an opportunity to learn about local recycling initiatives.

At the April 26, 2016, Lake Superior Celebration at Michigan Tech's Great Lake Research Center, Isle Royale National Park Ranger Valerie Martin shows kids some hands-on biology experiments.

During the Lake Superior Celebration, a young visitor tries out the controls for a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), an underwater robot designed by students at Dollar Bay High School. 

An example of kids' art selected for the North Woods Kids (K-12) Art Exhibit from Western UP, displayed at the GLRC during the April 26 Lake Superior Celebration.

Lloyd Wescoat of Michigan Tech's Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative (LSSI), one of the main sponsors of the Lake Superior Celebration, serves yummy chocolate cake to participants and visitors.

The April 26 Lake Superior Celebration was sponsored by the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, Michigan STEM Partnership, Western U.P. Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education, Michigan Tech Center for Science and Environmental Outreach, Michigan Tech Center for Water and Society, and the Copper Country Recycling Initiative.

For more photos of these events, showcasing recent Keweenaw science activities and education, click on the links below for our recent slide show photo albums:

Keweenaw Water Festival August 5, 2016

Keweenaw Science and Engineering Festival 2016: Events at Kestner Waterfront Park in Houghton, Michigan

April 2016: Science Fair winners; GLRC Lake Superior Celebration

Click on the first photo in the album. If the caption is not visible, click on the info icon. Then click on forward arrows to view the album as a slide show.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Aug. 23: United Nations International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

Today, Tuesday, Aug. 23, is the annual United Nations International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. Recently First Lady Michelle Obama called attention to the fact that she, President Obama and their daughters live in a White House that was built substantially by Black slaves.*

In a recent Huffington Post article titled "Why I’m Ready For President Obama To Leave The White House," Lawrence Ware, a philosopher of race teaching in the Bible Belt, says, "Barack Obama must be the most disrespected president in American history."

After giving several examples of that disrespect, particularly from Senate Republicans, Ware says the white supremacy in this country is "here to stay," causing him to lose the hope that he shared with other African Americans when Obama was elected.

"I’m tired of seeing President Obama blatantly disrespected, and my soul is weary from having to see him grin and bear it. I’m ready for President Obama to be free from the burden of having to perform for white supremacy -- and I’m ready to be free from the burden of having to watch him do it," Ware concludes.**

Click here to read Lawrence Ware's article in the Huffington Post. It was originally published in New Black Man (in Exile).

Editor's Notes:

* Click here to read about the role of slaves in building the White House.

** Thanks to Keweenaw resident Joanne Thomas for calling our attention to this Day of Remembrance and to Professor Ware's article.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Bete Grise Preserve Dedication to be Aug. 21 at Point Isabelle Park

Poster for Bete Grise Preserve Dedication Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, at Point Isabelle Park. (Poster courtesy Houghton Keweenaw Conservation District)

HOUGHTON -- The Houghton Keweenaw Conservation District and the Stewards of Bete Grise will host a Bete Grise Preserve Dedication of Deer Lake, the newest addition to Bete Grise Preserve, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 21, 2016, at Point Isabelle Park. Music and light refreshments will be provided.

View of Lake Superior and Point Isabelle, part of the Bete Grise Preserve, from Point Isabelle Park on the Gay-Lac La Belle Road. (File photo © and courtesy Gina Nicholas)

Everyone is welcome!

If you have any questions, please call Sue Haralson at (906) 369-5023.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Exhibit of new work by artist Fiona Avocado opens Aug. 12 at Community Arts Center in Hancock

"Burn the Rest. Rise from the Ashes" is the new exhibit in the Kerredge Gallery of the Copper Country Community Arts Centerfrom Aug. 12 - Sept. 3. (Image courtesy Copper Country Community Arts Center.

HANCOCK -- The Copper Country Community Arts Center (CCCAC) is pleased to present "Burn the Rest. Rise from the Ashes" comics, illustration, zines and printmaking by Minneapolis artist, Fiona Avocado. Her new work will be exhibited in the Kerredge Gallery from Aug. 12 - Sept. 3, with an opening reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 12.

Fiona works in mediums that make widespread distribution possible so that her work can be seen and read by many. She describes her art as being multifaceted -- exploring many subjects, including everyday life, current events, alternate universes, and glittery daydreams.

"Sloth," by artist Fiona Avocado, is part of the new exhibit in the Kerredge Gallery. (Image courtesy Copper Country Community Arts Center)

"My art practice is catharsis fueled by my personal experiences and what fascinates me," Fiona says. "I hope my audiences can find at least a small piece of themselves in my work."

Fiona will be teaching two sessions in the CCCAC’s 6th Annual Book Arts Camp. She is working on her own art on site this week. The reception for Book Arts Camp will be held simultaneously in the Youth Gallery this Friday, Aug. 12.

This exhibition is supported by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Copper Country Community Arts Center is located at 126 Quincy Street in Hancock. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Saturday 1 p.m.- 5 p.m. For more information call 482-2333 or visit the website www.coppercountryarts.com.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

North Woods Conservancy’s Second Annual Photo Contest continues

Poster for North Woods Conservancy Photo Contest courtesy North Woods Conservancy.

North Woods Conservancy's "Get to Know the North Woods" photo contest for non-professional photographers of all ages continues through Monday, Sept. 26, 2016.

Explore the five beautiful natural areas owned by the North Woods Conservancy (NWC): Seven Mile Point, Conglomerate Falls, Dore Woods, Gratiot River North, and Merganser Pond. Have some fun doing it! Then submit up to 10 of your best photos that showcase your experiences. What surprised you? Puzzled you? Made you smile? Tell your story through a photo and you could be a winner! No entry fee.

Seven Mile Point: The beach at Seven Mile Point is open from noon - sunset every Saturday, Sunday, and holiday. Abundant sunshine, cool breezes off the lake, fewer insects, warmer water. Camp free for the weekend at Seven Mile Point when you help host!

Beach at Seven Mile Point. The Michigan Natural Features Inventory calls Seven Mile Point one of the gems of the Keweenaw. (Keweenaw Now file photo)

Conglomerate Falls: You can visit the Conglomerate Falls Natural Area anytime. Located at 1600 Conglomerate Falls Lane, off South Farmers Block/Tanskanen Road. Park at the turn around by the porta potty (but don't block the road to the cabin) and head downhill to the river. Click here for info on availability of the cabin.

Click here to read about all the NWC Natural Areas.

Photo Contest Prizes: $50 First Prize, $25 Second Prize, and $15 Third Prize, plus a 2017 membership in NWC for each prize winner. The winning photos will be displayed in the Daily Mining Gazette and the Marquette Monthly newspapers and online at Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula Facebook page, the Keweenaw Now blog and on Pasty Cam. The photos will also be part of a window display at Copper Country Associated Artists Gallery in Calumet.

Did you take photos in the NWC Natural Areas last August after our 2015 photo contest closed? The 2016 NWC Photo Contest is now accepting those photos taken August 4, 2015 and later. Click here for more information on participating.

Click here to learn more about North Woods Conservancy, to volunteer or to make a donation.