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Take a tour of Minden Bog


To the Editor:

The Minden Bog and the Sanilac Petroglyphs are both very unique and special places in the Thumb. The Minden Bog is one of the last true raised bogs in North America, and is the headwaters for both the Black River and the Cass River. Fred Fuller, former St. Clair County Drain Commissioner, will lead a tour of Minden Bog and the Sanilac Petroglyphs for the Blue Water Sierra Club on Saturday, July 18. The tour is free and open to the public. Anyone interested in joining the tour should meet at the Minden Bog at 10 a.m. Participants should bring a lunch.

Fred Fuller served as Drain Commissioner from 1997 through 2008. Prior to that he worked for the Michigan Nature Association. Mr. Fuller is also a co-founder of the Mill Creek Coalition, Black River Watershed Group, Friends of Beard's Hills and the Thumb Bioregional Alliance.

The tour of the bog will take about 2 hours. There will be a break for lunch, and the tour will then continue on to the Sanilac Petroglyphs, which are nearby.

To get to the Minden Bog (from Sandusky) go east on M-46 five miles to Ruth Road. Turn north on Ruth Road and go 13 miles to Palms Road. You will pass through Deckerville. Turn west on Palms Road and go about 4 miles until the road ends. You will pass through the tiny village of Palms. Tour participants should meet at the west end of Palms Road. There is a footbridge there to cross the upper Black River drain and enter the bog.

Please join us for an interesting and informative tour. If you'd like more information about this or other Blue Water Sierra Club activities, call me at 810-346-4513.

Kay Cumbow, Brown City
July 15, 2009

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