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Huron Pines arrives in downtown Alpena

ALPENA, Mich. — Huron Pines has recently set up their own office right here in Alpena. The environmental conservation non–profit organization has been establishing a relationship with this area throughout the last 10 years.

They have worked to provide treatment and management for invasive species as well as connecting their AmeriCorps members with other conservation organizations, including the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Superintendent of the sanctuary, Jeff Gray says they bring an enormous amount of passion to the area. “The staff at Huron Pines is incredibly passionate,” he said. “They bring a passion with them with everything they do to protect the incredible natural resources from the forest to the water. To partner with them just will up everybody’s game in northeast Michigan and help us all do what we’re trying to do which is make this a better place to live in the future.”

This new office houses three employees including two Alpena natives. Associate director with Huron Pines, Lisha Ramsdell says this group is dedicated to improving the quality of the environment in northeast Michigan, especially in their home town. “Both have spent some time in other places for a while, but they and their families decided to come back to their home town,” she said. “Having that great talent base that is also personally connected to the area, I think is a great thing for Alpena and for us as an organization.”

Huron Pines will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony on Feb. 19 at 1 p.m., and it will be followed by an open house until 4 p.m.