Week 4: Where you invest your love/time/energy, you invest your life

Spring_Beauty_Mittendorf_2Our actions, and how we spend our time, are how we build our lives. Through all of the actions we see reported through the Challenge, we get to see an amazing picture of people all across the Great Lakes and beyond investing their time in their personal health, the health of their communities, and the health of their natural areas. It’s a beautiful portrait of a holistic approach to caring for ourselves, our neighbors, and our world. Thank you for the part you take in painting that picture – and keep up the amazing work!

And now, for the numbers…

Our total this week is up to 8,796 pounds!

Heavy Weight:
Huron Arbor maintains their lead, bringing their total up to 3625 pounds this week. But West Michigan is on the rise, too, more than doubling their pounds in the past week and bringing their total up to 445 pounds.

Middle Weight:
Mid-Michigan maintains their lead with 1,412 pounds. Headwaters is hot on their heels, bringing their total up to 1,127 pounds. Southwest Corner’s gaining speed, ending the week at 317 pounds.

Light Weight:
Upset in the Light Weight Division! Lake St. Clair Cluster (CISMA) brings their total up to 660 pounds this week. This knocks Grand-Raisin out of the lead, even though they’ve brought their total up to 495 pounds this week. Lakeplain Cluster is holding on at 30 pounds, with other groups in this division still waiting to get on the board.

CWMA Division:
Our CWMA division is still waiting to get on the board. Be the first to report! If you’re working in the Northern Lower Peninsula or the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to protect natural areas from invasive garlic mustard, check out our CWMA Division and report your pounds! Reporting groups include the Northeast Michigan CWMA, Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network, and RRIP-IT-UP (Rapid Response Invasive Plant Intervention Team of the Upper Peninsula).

Emerging Clusters:
We’re working with organizations, volunteers, and landowners in northeast Minnesota to launch one or more Clusters in their region. While we haven’t fully launched those groups yet, anybody pulling garlic mustard their can already get involved by reporting their pounds pulled to our Emerging Minnesota Cluster reporting group. We’re looking forward to working with you more in the coming months and years!

Out-of-Cluster:
Out-of-Cluster participants have reported 685 pounds collectively! Those folks are reporting from areas like Chardon, OH; Bedford, NY; and Simpson, IL. Where you’re working on managing invasive garlic mustard, you’re invited to submit your pounds pulled to the Garlic Mustard Challenge!  pounds pulled to the Garlic Mustard Challenge!

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