The Friends of the Maple River is a citizens group organized to help promote and foster the wise use of the Maple River and it's watershed.

                    

"All life is part of our Earth’s complex ecosystem. People share space on this planet with all other forms of life (flora & fauna) and we interact with this planets air, water, soils and minerals. It is in our best interest to promote and support a healthy and sustainable environment. The Maple River and it’s watershed is a cohesive unit that reflects our behavior and actions relative to it’s survival. We all need to make a commitment to promote the wise use of the Maple River and it’s watershed.”    Edward J. Mikula - Biologist

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Coming FOMR Events for 2017

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Don't forget our next FOMR meeting this Wednesday night Sept. 20th in St. Johns, at 7PM! Come enjoy our programs.


The Friends of the Maple River (FOMR) will be holding their September Bi-Monthly meeting in the Board of Commissioner’s Room in the Clinton County Court House in St. Johns on Wednesday, September 20th. The meeting will start at 7:00 PM.
The Courthouse is located at 100 E. State Street. Park in the parking lot behind/south of the courthouse and come into the building through the entrance located there.

This month FOMR have an experienced beekeeper that will be giving a presentation about honey bees and keeping them. FOMR will also have Erin (Jarvie) Pavloski, Regional Invasive Species Coordinator, Mid-Michigan Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (MM-CISMA) to do a training session on “Clean Boats, Clean Waters” focused on preventing the spread of invasive species when transporting boats, etc. You may learn more at http://micbcw.org/join-the-fight/ and those interested should do the online training prior to the meeting to become a certified “trainer”.

A short business meeting will follow the presentation to take care of routine affairs including the required annual organization registration with the State of Michigan as well as to consider the next slate of officers.

As always for more info, check our website http://www.friendsofthemapleriver.org/ or find us on Facebook @ Friends of the Maple River to stay in touch with what FOMR is up to.



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FOMR, 11th Annual Maple River cleanup &  log jam removal day,

Members of the FOMR checked river conditions at the Elsie dam and did limited river access point clean-up work for the 2017 Maple River Clean-up. Working from the shore only on river access sites!

River conditions remained high due to recent rains. It also has been decided that there was be no make-up date after the Saturday clean-up attempt.

A couple of our members drove around the Maple River State Game area and over to Maple Rapids on Sunday afternoon and there was flooding way over the banks everywhere we went.


for more info or to volunteer, please contact;

Jack Nutter @ 989-862-5541


2017 

FOMR, 11th Annual Maple River cleanup &  log jam removal day,

FOMR & MSU student VOLUNTEERS needed!

Please come help the
Friends of the Maple River (FOMR)

Volunteers come join us as we do our annual spring clean-up and log jam removal along the Maple River. We will be meeting  TBA at 9AM at the South side of old Elsie Dam located on the West side of the village of Elsie on the North side of the road. Volunteers will receive instructions, assignments and supplies for the cleanup. Wear boots or shoes that can get wet (it can be muddy & wet) and bring a pair of gloves to protect your hands.

Crews will be assigned areas of the river to remove trash from along bridge crossings and other public access sites along sections of the river from the shore. Other crews will float the river in canoes or kayaks and help to remove log jams and trees that are blocking the river along with removing trash and debris. All items collected will be recycled or bagged to be taken to the landfill.

Volunteers are needed, for more info & to volunteer, please contact; Jack Nutter @ 989-862-5541 to sign up to help


See our FOMR Events page for more upcoming event in 2017

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Thank You!

The Friends of the Maple River first want to say Thanks to all the generous donors and committed members and volunteers that helped with the Friend’s efforts in 2016.

And now in 2017, we would also encourage all of our Maple River Watershed residents to consider how they can make good on their New Year’s resolutions by getting/being more involved with the Friends of the Maple River – Be more active by participating in river clean ups and/or float trips; join or volunteer to become more active in your community and/or to help improve conservation and/or environmental stewardship.

Most importantly let’s leave a legacy that our kids and grand kids can appreciate.

As always, check our website and /or find us on Facebook at Friends of the Maple River, to stay in touch with what the Friends are up to.

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2016 Events

Friends of The Maple River, (FOMR) hosted a field/float trip on

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

on Muskrat Lake in Clinton County.


This field/float trip was to highlight the water stabilization project and it's impact on wetlands. Bring your canoe, kayak or outboard boat. (Be sure to have a Coast Guard approved personal floatation life preserver for every person in your vessel.) There is an improved public access launch site and parking on the north end of the lake off Jason Road. Muskrat Lake is approximately 2 1/2 mile west of old US127 on Jason Road.
Jason road is 4 miles north of DeWitt on old US 127, or 4 miles south of Price road on old US 127.

For more in information about the field/float trip check out the Friends website at: friendsofthemapleriver.org, or like us on facebook at: Friends of the Maple River.


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FOMR "Show Me" float trip tour

of the upper Maple River

Held Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 @6 PM



The Friends of the Maple River (FOMR)  hosted a short "Show Me" float trip tour of the upper Maple River on Wednesday, May 18th at 6:00 PM. The float trip for canoes and kayaks was on the upper stretch of the Maple River in Shiawassee County, SW of Owosso and plans are to be on the river by about 6:30 PM. This upper section of the river is designated as a county drain. The Maple River Inter-county Drainage Board has recently removed downed trees and woody debris from the river. This work was done in an environmentally sensitive manner to maintain the natural features of the river. Shiawassee County Drain Commissioner Tony Newmann and project engineer Alan Boyer from the LSG engineering firm will give a brief overview of the project before the float trip. The float trip will be from the Maple River crossing on Dewey Road just east of Ruess road downstream to South Baldwin Road, a distance of about 2 miles and we should be done and loaded up by 8 PM.

To reach the starting point for the "Show Me" float trip on Dewey road, turn south off of highway M-21onto South Ruess road. South Ruess road is about 2 1/2 miles west of Owosso. Drive south on Ruess road 2 miles to Dewey Road. Turn left from Ruess road onto Dewey road and drive approximately 1/4 mile to the bridge on the Maple river where the project briefing will take place. This was a BYOB float trip (Bring your own boat, a kayak or canoe, paddles and PFD's.)
Anyone interested in the Maple River was invited to attend and to participate in the overview discussion of the project between 6 and 6:30 PM. The rest of the event will be on the river.

For more information about the trip or about the Friends of The Maple River, check out our web site at friendsofthemapleriver.org, like us on Facebook at, Friends of The Maple River or email us at, FOMR_Info@friendsofthemapleriver.org


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MAPLE RIVER 10th ANNUAL CLEAN UP/LOG JAM WORK DAY

SATURDAY, APRIL 16th, 2016 was a big success!






Thanks to all of our

FOMR & MSU student VOLUNTEERS!

Friends of the Maple River (FOMR)

10th Annual Maple River Spring Clean-up project & log jam removal. Sat. April 16th.

Volunteers joined us as we did our annual spring clean-up and log jam removal along the Maple River. We met Sat. April 16th at 9AM at the South side of old Elsie Dam located on the West side of the village of Elsie. Volunteers received instructions, assignments and supplies.

Crews were assigned areas of the river to remove trash from bridge crossings and public access sites along sections of the river from the shore. Other crews floated the river in canoes or kayaks and help to remove log jams and trees that were blocking the river along with removing with trash. All item collected were recycled or bagged to be taken to the landfill.


FOMR web site: www.friendsofthemapleriver.org
Like us on Facebook at: Friends of the Maple River
Or follow us on Twitter at: FOMR@FOMapleRiver


2015 FOMR river clean-up volunteers gathered at the Old Dam West of Elsie



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Now Available For Sale!

The New, updated 2nd Edition

Maple River

Trail Guide

& Maple River Watershed History.

Now on Waterproof Paper!

Only $15!



The Maple River Trail Guide is a waterproof paper flip guide to the Maple River. It contains maps, distances between stops, and the Maple River History. It is now available to purchase for $15. The River Guides can be purchased at any of the bimonthly meetings or other FOMR events. Or you can email us at  FOMR_info@friendsofthemapleriver.org and we can see about making other delivery arrangements on a case by case basis.



BOARD MEMBERS NEEDED FOR OUR ORGANIZATION. 

PLEASE, VOLUNTEER IF YOU CAN, IT DOESN'T TAKE MUCH OF YOUR TIME


Upper Maple River Watershed Management Planning Activity

A cooperative effort of local, state and federal government organizations, educational institutions, citizen/landowner groups, conservation groups, and the business community, to provide education, coordination and encourage public participation and support that will benefit the preservation and improvement of the Upper Maple River Watershed. Get more information HERE!

Click here to Link to Pollution isn't pretty audio