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ALPENA – Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary board members reported on past accomplishments and future plans at their recent Zoom meeting.

Tom Orth reported on the popular kayak tours of the Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary which he ran as a program of the Lifelong Learners Association. It is planned to organize one of these sessions per month next summer.

City manager Rachel Smolinski, a liaison with the sanctuary council, explained the town’s goose reduction hunting plans for September.

Susie Austin reported that the Science in the Sanctuary program at Island Park and Duck Park was very busy this summer with around 150 people (mostly children) participating.

Catherine Stedman said visitors to her booth helped eradicate spotted knapweed and leafy spurge and filled about 3/4 of a garbage bag with these invasive species.

River Rats for kids also went well this summer, with 20-25 kids in each session. Austin and Stedman led additional sessions at the Boys and Girls Club.

President Terry Gougeon announced cleanup plans for spotted knapweed and fall olive on Island Park. He also stressed the importance for visitors to stay on the marked trails in Island Park.

The River Center report included a donation, a mention of River Center board members Bill Haase and Judy Kalmanek, who were helping at the annual auto show, and fundraising contacts using the plan. recently updated business. Kalmanek reminded the board of another plan to phase out the frog and the narrow-leaved cattail (not the native cattail).

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