Paint for Buildings on North and South Manitou Island – The Friends provided 53 gallons of paint and primer ($1,790 retail value) to paint various historic buildings on North and South Manitou Islands. A significant portion of this was donated by Sherwin-Williams of Traverse City (about $1,400 value).
GIS Computer – A new computer was purchased to be used exclusively for GIS mapping and resource management software. This will significantly upgrade the mapping and database capability used to manage natural, physical, and historic resources.
Timber Milling – $1,000 has been allocated to pay for costs to have lumber milled from logs on or near the Lakeshore to be used on restoration … Read & Learn More
Tractor and Brush Hog – The historic farmsteads in Port Oneida and other parts of the Park are being taken over by the woods. After field clearing activities, the fields will be mowed by volunteers to retain the historic agricultural landscape. The tractor and mower cost over $15,000.
Defibrillator – This is the third one provided by Friends. There are now several in various locations around the Park and in patrol vehicles.
Loon and Trumpeter Swan Nesting Platforms – Materials were provided to prepare 5 Common Loon nesting platforms and 3 Trumpeter Swan nesting platforms on inland lakes within the park.
Piping Plover Signs – Three large, beautiful, new signs were purchased describing the endangered Piping Plover beach bird and the work being done to protect it on Lakeshore beaches. The signs will be installed at Platte Point and North Manitou Island in the spring of 2010.
Bio-Blankets for Site Restoration – Friends purchased erosion control blankets for two restoration sites.
Tools for Youth Corp – Funds were donated to the SEEDS organization to purchase tools for the Youth Corps to use during their projects in the Lakeshore this summer.
Werner Cemetery – A new fence was installed at the old German Cemetery north of the Miller Barn in Port Oneida. The fence … Read & Learn More
Plover Supplies – The Friends provided $500 to purchase new waders, rechargeable batteries, and camping equipment to support Piping Plover monitoring crews on North Manitou Island and Platte River.
Digital Camera – A digital camera was purchased for the Natural Resources staff to document projects and monitoring efforts. $499
EMS Oxygen Cylinders and Regulators – The park’s remaining steel oxygen cylinders have reached the end of their useful lives. The oxygen refill company will no longer fill these cylinders. The Friends have purchased 8 new aluminum cylinders and regulators for emergency use. $1500
Barn Workshop – The Friends provide supplies for the barn restoration workshop which completely restored the Barratt Pig Barn … Read & Learn More
Volunteer Search and Rescue Supplies – Last year a group of ten volunteers was assembled and trained in the basics of search and rescue. This VSAR corps provides park rangers with an team that can be called on short notice to quickly get trained volunteers to an area and reduce the likelihood of an extended event. Modeled after a similar group in Yosemite, the group has already been mobilized for a call once last year. $1,800
Firewood Bags for Campground Firewood Exchange – The transport of disease and insects into non-infected areas in the National Park is largely by campers bringing infested firewood to the campgrounds. This year, the Park … Read & Learn More