Garlic Mustard Pull at Rizor

A group of MNA volunteers recently took a trip out to the Lyle and Mary Rizor Nature Sanctuary in Livingston county to pull invasive garlic mustard from the property.

Before the team arrives, patches of garlic mustard are marked with flags, like the one you can see above. Photo by Natalie Kent-Norkowski

Working together, the volunteers pull out entire plants and dispose of them. Photo by Natalie Kent-Norkowski

The volunteers were very busy! Photo by Natalie Kent-Norkowski

About the Sanctuary:

Located just south of River Walk Drive in the Shannon glen subdivision, Rizor was established in 1977. This sanctuary was originally purchased by the Rizors as retirement property. When they realized its value as a natural area, they chose MNA ownership as the best means of assuring it would never be subdivided or developed.

Small creeks travel through the sanctuary and eventually flow into the North Ore Creek, which is part of the Shiawassee River system. Portions of the sanctuary adjacent to the small creeks contain southern floodplain forest – one of Michigan’s most endangered habitats. This forest provides food and shelter for many animal species and benefits humans by providing areas for water overflow to prevent upland flooding.

 

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About Michigan Nature Association

The Michigan Nature Association is a non-profit organization that has been dedicated to preserving Michigan’s natural heritage since 1952. MNA protects more than 10,000 acres of land in over 170 nature sanctuaries throughout the state of Michigan, from the tip of Keweenaw in the Upper Peninsula to the Indiana/Ohio border.