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Rouge River Report: 2015 Fall

In the Fall 2015 edition of the Rouge River Report, we look at the idea of teaching stewardship and even more so, what inspires stewardship in the first place? We’ll bring you up-to-date on our projects and let you know upcoming events.

a note from the
executive director

How do we teach stewardship?
What inspires stewardship?

These are questions that, in one way or another, the Friends of the Rouge (FOTR) team seeks to answer on a daily basis! Our answer has always been public involvement and education. Since we last wrote, FOTR has facilitated dozens of educational workshops and presentations, conducted bug hunts with record numbers of participants, engaged 25 schools and nearly 2,000 students in the Rouge Education Project, organized our 29th annual Rouge Rescue, and even collaborated with partners to secure Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding to support the removal of invasive plant species over the next two years—among other native garden plantings, community collaborative projects, sold-out kayak trips, and more!

For the last 29 years, tens of thousands of you have experienced the Rouge River with Friends of the Rouge. Needless to say, it’s been an incredible journey and so much has been accomplished! The journey and good work continues as we approach our 30th anniversary of service to the river and watershed. We are committed and excited to further develop the Rouge River Water Trail, partner with communities and residents to manage storm water runoff, restore and protect our streams, and teach the next generation about the river that flows through our backyard.

We look forward to what lies ahead and remain, thanks to your support, committed to inspiring new, renewed, and ongoing stewardship of the Rouge River. I hope this issue of the Report inspires you to share your love for the river with a friend or colleague and join us at one of our upcoming workshops or events.

Aimee LaLonde-Norman | Executive Director


Numbers: page(s) in the PDF

1 River Restoration
2 Notes
3 Paddling the Rouge
3 Cruising the Rouge
4-7 Volunteer Monitoring
4 Rouge Education Project
5 Rouge Rescue: Celebrate!
6 Explore the Rouge
6 2015 Rouge Raffle
7 Volunteer Spotlight
8 Upcoming Events

View and/or download the full issue HERE.