The Northwood Alliance (NWA) and Partners in Forestry will host the second hike in a series highlighting the development of a 160-acre Wildcat Falls Community Forest near Watersmeet, Mich., Saturday, May 18.

The event will begin with a birding hike starting at 8 a.m., followed by an ephem­eral plants-wildflower hike. Those interested can participate in one or both hikes. Hikes are guided and free of charge.

Hikers are asked to preregister at cms­nwa@ya­hoo.com or by calling (715) 479-8528 for directions and other information, including possible changes due to inclement weather. 

Hikers are asked to take water, snacks if desired between hikes, and bug spray, and to wear appropriate foot and rain gear. 

The UW Center for Cooperatives supports these educational programs under its continuing series titled “Appreciate Our Common Lands: A Hands-On Celebration of the Benefits of Forest Land Conservation.”

The Wildcat Falls property is in the process of being established as a community forest with help from several conservation partners. 

The Northwood Alliance has applied for a Community Forest Program (CFP) grant which could contribute up to 50% of the project value as a match to acquire and establish a community forest. The CFP grant program provides financial assistance to tribal entities, local governments and qualified conservation nonprofit organizations such as the NWA.

The NWA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and a 509(a)2 public charity. All donations are dedicated to land conservation.

For more information, visit partnersinforestry.com or northwoodalliance.org, or call (715) 479-8528.