Local Partners

Local Partners

Friends of the Ludington State Park | Volunteer group formed in 1994 dedicated to preserving, enhancing and promoting Ludington State Park.

Mason-Lake Conservation District | Mason and Western Lake Counties’ best resource for watershed & groundwater stewardship, wildlife habitat promotion, and soil preservation.

North Country CISMA | North Country Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (NCCISMA) works with five other CISMA’s to share resources and expertise to effectively manage invasive plants, animals, insects, and tree diseases. They work with the counties of Mason, Lake, Missaukee, Osceola, and Wexford.

Pere Marquette Watershed Council | Dedicated to preserving the Pere Marquette River.

Sable Dunes Audubon Society | Mason County chapter since 1982 of the Michigan Audubon Society.

West Shore Community College | Offers a comprehensive general education curricula for the local community.

Information from Seminars Hosted by AFFEW

Freshwater Future | Works with the community towards a healthy future for the waters in our Great Lakes. Offers PFAS Test and Response Kits for residential use. More information about PFAS: Is PFAS in your drinking water? | PFAS Action Plan | What’s in a name? Would PFAS, by any other name be as toxic?

Going Green, Building Sustainably, and Growing the Triple Bottom Line | Future Fit Business Benchmark | Download the information presented by Norman Christopher on Going Green for Your Business in Ludington on April 22, 2019.

Native Plants and Vegetable Gardening in Michigan

A Way to Garden | Spring Garden Calculator

Black Cap Farm | Native nursery in Onekama, MI

Birdsfoot Native Nursery | Native plant nursery offering wholesale perennial wildflowers and grasses from MI genotypes, grown with pollinator friendly practices.

Go Beyond Beauty | Resource for garden professionals and others who exemplify business and landscaping practices that benefit and protect our region’s natural areas.

Michigan Worm Works | Manistee vermicomposting business specializing in sales of premium worm castings, red wiggler worms, and composting supplies.

MSU Extension, Gardening in Michigan | Information on gardening in Michigan, educational opportunities, ask an expert. 

Plant It Wild | Information on native plants including a variety of Michigan resources.

Organic Gardening Books

The Gardener’s A-Z Guide To Growing Organic Food | Tanya L.K. Denckla

The Complete Compost Gardening Guide | Barbara Pleasant & Deborah L. Martin

Seed To Seed | Suzanne Ashworth

Environmental Resources in Michigan

Community Sustainability Partnership | A regional guide about Grand Rapids working toward a triple Bottom Line.

Comprenew | A nonprofit electronics refurbisher and recycler, committed to giving your retired electronic devices new life, whenever possible located in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Conservation Resource Alliance | Works with businesses, government and landowners in northwest lower Michigan to implement programs to enhance the habitat value and beauty of the region.

Ecocycle | Home for the Be Straw Free campaign and other recycling information.

Electronics Recycling and Data Security | Destroy data before refurbishing or reselling used electronic equipment

Environmental Working Group | A guide to navigating personal care product labels.

GreenHome Institute | Green Building Classes and Services

Michigan DNR | Your resource for outdoor activities in Michigan.

Michigan Nature Association | protects and maintains natural areas that contain examples of Michigan endangered and threatened flora, fauna, and other components of the natural environment.

Michigan Recycling Coalition | Michigan’s only dedicated statewide advocate for recycling and composting.

Recycle, Michigan™ | is a marketing campaign developed to raise awareness and participation in recycling programs across the state.

The Mesothelioma Center | Information on the dangers of handling asbestos and why it’s important to let professionals remove and dispose of it properly.

Water Stewardship for Michigan | is a partnership of organizations that provide educational assistance to Michigan’s residents to identify and reduce contamination risks to water and other natural resources.