The Stewards of Kleinstuck unite neighbors, ecologists and WMU land managers to create a healthier, more diverse and beautiful ecosystem in the Kleinstuck Preserve, for the benefit of our community and wildlife.
Events & Work Days
The Stewards of Kleinstuck (SoK) is a group of neighbors and land management experts formed in the fall of 2007 around our love for the 48-acre Kleinstuck Preserve. We’ve noticed over the years that the landscape has changed greatly with many of our beautiful Michigan native plants being driven out by invasive species. The pond has been largely filled in by erosion and invasive plants and without active land management the preserve with continue to decline.
One of the major problems with these invasive species is that they don’t have natural predators in this area so they dominate and drive out the natives creating areas with only one or two varieties of plants. These areas of limited diversity are very unstable and vulnerable. Our goal is to gradually remove invasive species and plant native wildflowers, shrubs, trees and grasses to restore balance. These efforts will benefit the land, wildlife habitat, and also the ground water quality, much of which drains down through Kleinstuck.
Some accomplishments over our last 12 years:
- 247 volunteer workdays in the preserve
- 17,000+ volunteer hours
- 50 special events (frog walks, birdwatching walks, snowshoe hikes, wildflower identification walks, movie nights, etc.)
- 19,514 native plants planted (wildflowers, grasses, trees, shrubs)