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My Town: Rogue River Expedition deemed a success

My Town: Rogue River Expedition deemed a success

ROCKFORD, Mich.—Organizers of the inaugural Rogue River Expedition are calling the event a success.

More than 50 people participated in the three-day paddling and land tour of the river and its watershed.  The idea for the expedition originated from the 2010 Grand River Expedition, which involved hundreds of boaters who explored more than 250 miles of water over 12 days.  Because the Grand River Expedition is held only once a decade, its organizers decided to hold similar events on the Grand River’s larger tributaries.

The Rogue River Expedition kicked off in June with a land tour at Howard Christensen Nature Center and the Fruit Ridge Area, which is considered one of the best fruit-growing regions in the world.  The exploration also included trips to Rogers Park in Sparta, Nash Creek and Camp Rockford.

My Town: Farmers who lost 2012 crop during freeze now eligible for funding

My Town: Farmers who lost 2012 crop during freeze now eligible for funding

SPARTA, Mich.—Fruit farmers whose crops were devastated because of the unusual spring weather in 2012 are now eligible for federal funding.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will begin taking applications Tuesday for Michigan farmers who lost their fruit crops due to the freeze.  The funding is available through the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program,  which was authorized in this year’s Farm Bill.

 “After the 2014 Farm Bill was enacted into law, USDA expedited the restart of disaster assistance programs as a top priority,” said FSA Administrator Juan Garcia. “Fruit producers experienced significant financial losses from weather-related damage in 2012. NAP provides them with long-awaited disaster relief.”

My Town: Volunteers needed to finish Cannonsburg Ski Area trail

My Town: Volunteers needed to finish Cannonsburg Ski Area trail

CANNONSBURG, Mich.—The snow is long since gone, but work is needed at Cannonsburg Ski Area Trail.

Volunteers are encouraged to join come out and help complete work on the new trail loop this Wednesday, May 28 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  The work mostly involves berming corners with some bench cutting.  Those interested in helping should meet in the parking lot by the WMMBA trailer, located at 6800 Cannonsburg Road in Cannonsburg.  Tools will be provided, but volunteers should bring their own boots, gloves and water.

For more information, visit the WMMBA’s Facebook page here.

My Town Rockford: Rogue River Expedition registration deadline nears

My Town Rockford: Rogue River Expedition registration deadline nears

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ROCKFORD, Mich. (Trout Unlimited)-- This is your last chance to sign up for this 3-day public journey of discovery to experience conditions and opportunities of Michigan’s Rogue River and its watershed.

 It will be held June 19 through the 21st.  The Expedition team will travel by land, canoes, and kayaks, and provide demonstrations, interactive displays, and exhibits in communities along the Rogue River.

My Town: Cannon Township to consider fracking regulations

My Town: Cannon Township to consider fracking regulations

CANNON TOWNSHIP, Mich.--  Cannon Township board members are considering amending township ordinances to regulate hydraulic fracturing, better known as “fracking.”

Fracking is a process that pumps water and chemicals into the ground to extract natural gas from below the surface.

Monday, the township invited oil and gas representatives from Rockford-based Trendwell Energy Corp. and API Energy to provide additional information about the fracking process, as well as address any concerns or questions. The township was previously in contact with a water conservation group that opposes fracking.

My Town: Kent County forms Agri-Business Community Work Group

My Town: Kent County forms Agri-Business Community Work Group

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—The Kent County Board of Commissioners has formed a new group to help support, expand and attract agri-business to the county.

The Agri-Business Community Work Group is comprised of people from a range of agricultural, business and legislative backgrounds, located across the county.  Members include: