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Douglas Lake Improvement Association
PO Box 472, Pellston, MI 49769            March, 2019

Mackinaw Raptor Fest April 5-7,  2019
            Mackinaw Straits Raptor Watch conducts scientific studies of hawks and owls migrating through the lower northern region of Michigan and educates the public about the birds and their migration.  The Watch also has organized the Mackinaw Raptor Fest, Friday, April 5, 2019-4:00PM – Sunday, April 7, 2019, 4:00 PM.  This three day event provides great views of migrating raptors, interesting sessions and educational workshops, including field trips.
            Registration and sales For Raptor Fest end March 23. For further information, check out the Raptor Fest website: The Raptor Watch website is
  • Emmet Conservation District Spring Tree Sale
        Douglas Lake is still snowed over and frozen, some roads are snowed covered with impressive drifts, but it is March and even the most committed winter lovers are having daydreams of warmer temperatures and the return of colors especially green. Just in time, the Emmet Conservation District (ECD) announces its 2019 Emmet CD Spring Tree Sale. The District has a diverse selection of conifer seedlings and transplants, hardwoods, fruit trees, shrubs, and seedling packages for sale. Most of the species offered are native to our area and should grow well.
         ECD advises, when deciding what to plant, keep in mind the phrase “right plant, right place.” Native trees planted in an appropriate site are usually the best option. To help ensure a successful planting, consider and evaluate the soil composition before trees are purchased and planted. Tree growth is most rapid where soil drainage is good and competing grasses, shrubs, and weeds are controlled. Also, look and see what is already successfully growing at the proposed planting site. Most conifers, which include pines and spruces, are more commonly planted on drier, coarser-textured and less fertile soils. However, white spruce, and the deciduous conifer known as American larch/tamarack, will also do well in moist soils. Hardwoods, or deciduous trees are usually better suited to loamy and clay/loam soil types where soil moisture and fertility are generally higher.
         The ECD offers a very helpful booklet describing the types of trees (conifers and deciduous), small trees and shrubs, and fruit trees and helpful suggestions for selection and planting. The Information Brochure is available at
    The Tree Sale order form is available at:
    Pre-orders are due by Friday, March 29th
    Pick-up dates are Friday April 19, 10AM-2PM, or Saturday, April 20 8AM-12PM.
    Pick-up location: Emmet County Fairgrounds, Petoskey.
Petoskey Northbound US-31 Detour Begins Soon
     The next phase of Petoskey’s US-31 reconstruction and realignment project begins on March 18th. As crews begin reconstruction work along the bluff, northbound US-31 traffic will detour on Mitchell Street, Division Street, Arlington Avenue, and MacDonald Drive.  Southbound US-31 traffic remains on US-31.
     The detour is expected to remain in place until late June. Bayfront Drive should be reopened to traffic by May 1.  The entire project should be completed by late September. 
Call for 2020 DLIA Calendar Photos
    The deadline for submission for photos for the DLIA 2020 Calendar is April 15. Please submit your favorite seasonal pictures of Douglas Lake scenes, activities, wildlife, fishing exploits, and other recreational events to
   Calendars are available for purchase at the DLIA Merchandise Sales.  Sale dates are announced in the May Newsletter and on the Event Calendar on the DLIA website

Celebrate Spring with new Douglas Lake Gear!
DL Merchandise Sales are now Online

Download the current catalog here and the order form here.

Remember to buy your 2019 Calendar before they are gone!
DL Necklace and Earrings - Stem or Stemless Wine glasses - Mugs
Shirts - Jackets - Vests  -  even Sale, Sale, Sale items

Questions? Contact Holly Gedert,
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Douglas Lake Improvement Association    ─   Dues are $25 a year 
Mailing address: DLIA, PO Box 472, Pellston, MI 49769

President - Mary Ellen Sheridan
Vice President - Marilyn Kelemen
Secretary - Barb Huey
Treasurer - Sue Klaas

Do we have your current address? A dues reminder and financial statement were mailed last month. We need your updated contact information by April 1 for inclusion in the 2019 DLIA Directory.

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