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.

FOMR activities dates for 2017:


Upcoming meetings and events (meetings are all Wednesdays, most the 3rd Wed. of the month @7 PM): Some Locations TBA

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September FOMR Meeting!

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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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

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May 17 – Farm Tour (local dairy farm, TBA)

June 3 – Sat. as our “Annual” FOMR, ½ day float trip on the river, probably over by Hubbardston near the Maple River Campground to M-21, depending on river conditions.

July 12 – Short float trip on the Maple River, location TBA.

 
Sept. 20 – Beekeeping, local beekeeper as speaker.

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Past FOMR Events in 2017


March 15th – CWD (Chronic Wasting Disease) presentation by Michigan DNR, on disease affecting local deer.

The Friends of the Maple River (FOMR) held it's Bi Monthly meeting on Wednesday March 15th at the Riley Township Hall in Clinton County.

The meeting started at 7:00 PM. The Riley Township hall's address is 7110 West Pratt Road. (The Township Hall is located at the northwest corner of the intersection of Francis and Pratt roads in Clinton County.)

The evenings featured speaker was Chad Fedewa, Wildlife Biologist with the Michigan Department 0f Natural Resources Wildlife Division. His topic will be Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) that has been confirmed in the Deer herd in Ingham and Clinton Counties. The disease's core area and surrounding buffer townships in Clinton, Ingham, Shiawassee and Eaton counties are just south of the of the Maple River watershed. CWD has also been discovered recently in Mecosta county. Persons who are interested in deer, deer hunting and deer disease problems were welcome to attend the meeting to get the latest information on this disease in Central Michigan's deer herd.

A business meeting followed, including updates on the upcoming April 8th Maple River clean up day, a recap of the FOMR information booth at the Quiet Waters Symposium at Michigan State University and a discussion of FOMR projects planned for the summer and fall.

For more information about the Friends of the Maple River and its programs, like us on Facebook at Friends of the Maple River or on the organizations website at: friendsofthemapleriver.org.


Saturday, March 4th, 2017

22nd Annual Quiet Water Symposium

FOMR had a booth at the Quiet Water Symposium held at the MSU Pavilion, from 9am til 5:30pm.

For more information go to;

 http://quietwatersociety.org/ 


The QWS was packed with visitors again this year, with lots of people stopping by to check out our FOMR booth and say hello.

22st Annual Quiet Water Symposium a part of ANR Week

An annual event where those who share a love of outdoor, non-motorized recreation come together to share:

Our Experiences and Adventures in the great outdoors
The Equipment we build and use
Our Concerns for our waters and related resources
Opportunities to participate.

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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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FOMR EVENTS 2016:


Quiet Water Symposium, being held at the MSU Pavilion!

Don't forget to come visit your FOMR friends this Saturday, March 5th, 2016 at our FOMR booth at the Quiet Water Symposium, being held at the MSU Pavilion! Stop by and say hi!

We will have our brand NEW, waterpoof, 2nd edition FOMR, Maple River Trail quide with history of the Maple River area available for sale!

Stop by and check it out and make sure you get your FOMR, Maple River Trail Guide soon for the upcoming paddle season!

21st Annual
Quiet Water Symposium a part of ANR Week

An annual event where those who share a love of outdoor, non-motorized recreation come together to share:

Our Experiences and Adventures in the great outdoors
The Equipment we build and use
Our Concerns for our waters and related resources
Opportunities to participate

http://www.quietwatersymposium.org/qws2016.html



River Cleanup/Log Jam Work Day

Saturday, April 16th (April 23rd make-up date)

Contact Jack Nutter @ 989-862-5541 to sign up to help


Looking Glass River Expedition 2016”

Begins in Dewitt on Thursday June 2, and ends in Portland on Sunday, June 5.

Call Jon Morrison @ 989-224-1106 if interested



Scheduled FOMR meetings in 2016

(7 PM start unless otherwise indicated)

March 23 – Clinton County Court House, St. Johns

May 18 – To be determined

July 20 – Float Muskrat Lake?

September 21 – To be determined