Field Guide – Winter 2022

Exploring Michigan: Tips, trends, and tidbits
Ice climbers take on the frozen cliffs of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. // Photo courtesy of the Michigan Ice Fest

WEEKDAY FUN: For the first time, Treetops Resort in Gaylord now is open for midweek skiing, boarding, tubing, and trailside activities. Snowmaking capacity has tripled, the Extreme Tubing park has doubled in size, and a Skiable Feast returns with five trailside buffets.

BIG TREES: An Eastern cottonwood tree in Washtenaw County submitted by Aidan Presnell, competing in the under-15-years-old category, won the grand prize for the largest tree in the 2020-2022 Michigan Big Tree Hunt, sponsored by ReLeaf Michigan. It measures 308 inches around (more than 25 feet). The 15th biennial contest attracted more than 650 entries from 79 of the state’s counties. Big Tree Hunters in the 16-years-or-older category, Mike Antoszewski and Paul Funk, both won grand prizes for submitting two Eastern cottonwoods in Monroe County measuring 301 inches around. The Eastern White Pine category was another two-way tie at a 181-inch circumference. The were submitted by Tom Hollis and Payton Rue from Clinton County, and Nicholas Hansen from Marquette County.

FACE-LIFT: The Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory at Belle Isle Park in Detroit, designed by Albert Kahn, will be closed until May 2024 while undergoing a $10-million renovation. During the renovation activity, an envelope wrap will surround the facility. The outdoor gardens will be closed until May 2023, when spring blooms make their appearance.

– Compiled by Ron Garbinski

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