Saturday, June 17, 10am Eastern
Protecting Biodiversity
Harbert Road Preserve
Three Oaks, Mich.

The Harbor Country Hikers will hike the wildlife habitats of Harbert Road Preserve on its next adventure. This preserve has seen many disturbances over the years, and this has created ideal conditions for out-of-place plants to take root and thrive. These invasive plants have an adverse effect on local and migrating wildlife. Alex Florian, an invasive species coordinator for CISMA, will discuss how best to handle these undesirables and what follow-up actions will help restore and protect the biodiversity we’ll be passing on our hike. Bring your questions. The out-of-the-way 90-acre Harbert Road Preserve has wide and inviting wetland, prairie and woodland trails, a shaded picnic area, shelter and scenic benches. You’ll find nesting habitats for birds of all types. Wear long pants (preferably tucked in), a sun hat, sturdy shoes or boots and insect repellent, and bring plenty of water. Depending on the weather, there may be some muddy areas.

Directions: Harbert Road Preserve is on Harbert Rd. in Three Oaks. From Red Arrow Highway, head east on Harbert Rd. for about 1.6 mi. and watch for the preserve on your right. The entrance is just beyond the I94 overpass. We will meet in the parking area. Chikaming Township requires all four tires be off the road for roadside parking. GPS: 41.870636, -86.598686 (DD).
Estimated Presentation Time: 10 min.
Estimated Total Time: 2 hrs.
Hiking Distance: 2 mi.
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Hike Leader: Alex Florian, invasive species coordinator, CISMA

In case of inclement weather the day of the hike, check the Hikers’ website or our Facebook page for notice of cancellation or rescheduling.

Flash Hikes

The Hikers holds occasional Flash Hikes evenings, while it’s light out, and weekends when there are no scheduled HCH events. These hikes have no theme, no leader–just a walk in the woods with like-minded people.

The only notification of Flash Hikes will be by email to our list of members and others who’ve signed up for email notices of Hiker activities, and the emails announcing the Flash Hikes will go out two or three days beforehand. If you’re not on our email list and would like to be, send your address to As always, we look forward to hiking with you.

About Dogs…

Harbor Country Hikers welcomes dogs on our hikes, as long as they’re well-behaved and on leashes. Those who manage some of the trails we hike may feel otherwise, however, and they have the final word. Check with them before you bring the pooch. Chikaming Open Lands allows dogs in its preserves, as do the state parks. Chikaming Township Parks allow dogs. Berrien County Parks do not, nor do the New Buffalo Schools Nature Study Trails. Fernwood generally doesn’t, either, except on special occasions. The Dunes National Park generally allows dogs.