Virtual Annual Meeting & Presentation

The AFFEW board held its annual meeting via zoom on November 11. Julia Chambers, AFFEW President gave the annual report and board elections were held. Julia Chambers, Cathy Horowski, and Dave Masten are were re-elected for a two year term. Chuck Klopinski was thanked for his year’s as treasurer and Marie Quillan was welcomed as the new treasurer for AFFEW.

Thank you also to Art Hirsch who shared his presentation and knowledge on microplastics. The recorded presentation is below.

Microplastics in the Great Lakes 

Art Hirsch will discuss the sources, impacts, legislation and mitigation actions to address microplastics. Microplastics in the Great Lakes is an emerging water quality issue that has the potential of impacting human health and the aquatic environment. It has been estimated that microplastics are consumed by the US population at a rate of 5 grams per week; this is weight of a credit card. Microplastics are found in our food, water and even beer along the Great Lakes. Fish are ingesting microplastics that causes them to starve. Over 22 million pounds of plastic enter the Great Lakes every year and Lake Michigan is the #1 source.

Art Hirsch is a former environmental consultant with over 30 years of experience. He lives in Boulder Colorado and spends his summers in Pentwater, Michigan. He is originally from North Muskegon, Michigan and he received his Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University and a Master of Science degree from the University of Colorado. His expertise is in the areas of water quality, stormwater management, sustainability and environmental impact assessments. He is a member of the Climate Reality Project founded by former Vice President Gore and the For the Love of Water organization located in Traverse City and the Great Lakes Plastic Pollution Solutions Coalition. He is currently working on the Enbridge Line 5 Shutdown, GHG reductions associated with transportation, oil and gas operations and microplastics.

Native Plant Sale

Second Saturday in June | Rotary Park, Ludington

Help protect our species by gardening with native plants! AFFEW will offer a variety of native plants for sale the second Saturday in June. These important plant species provide nectar, pollen, and seeds and are hosts for for many insects, birds and animals. Native plants also require minimal maintenance and their deep root system absorb more water than a traditional lawn. With the continuous decline of the Monarch butterfly population you can make a difference by creating a habitat for these beautiful and important orange butterflies!

Since its inception, AFFEW’s Native Plant Sale has helped introduced thousands of native plants to our community! In April we accept preorders for a variety of garden flats that include native plant plugs and a layout for a 4’x10′ garden. The day of the sale we’ll have a LARGE selection of native plant species and shrubs available for you to make a habitat for these beneficial insects.

Having problems with deer eating your plants? View the list of deer resistant native plants from the Lansing chapter of Wild Ones. We’ll have several of these plants available the day of the sale.



Help Clean the Beach!

Each summer AFFEW and our committed volunteers clean the south section of the beach by the breakwater at Stearns Park. This area gets a ton of activity throughout the summer especially during the Fourth of July Freedom Festival. We meet, weather permitting, on the 3rd Wednesday June thru August at 7 pm. We also participate in the International Beach Cleanup on the 3rd Saturday in September at 10 am. Bring a bucket and gloves. We’ll have supplies available if you don’t have your own. Stick around afterwards for green drinks (BYO/no glass) and lively conversation!

Help support AFFEW by becoming a member or making a tax deductible donation!