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New Leadership for the Friends

Lauri Elbing takes on the role of Executive Director of the Friends in September. Lauri brings significant experience in nonprofits and environmental policy to her role as staff leader of the Friends. She served most recently as the Communications Director at the Flint River Watershed Council.  Previously, she worked for The Nature Conservancy, the National Wildlife Federation in Michigan, and on the staff of Congressman John Dingell.  Lauri, of Flushing, has received training in volunteer water quality sampling and co-authored several publications on fisheries and water quality topics. In her free time, she is an avid kayaker, angler, and birder; she also enjoys a round of skeet when the opportunity presents itself.

Lauri succeeds Owosso native Devin Gill who began a graduate program in 2015 at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources.   Devin's excellent work with volunteers and local governments left a strong foundation for the future growth of the Friends.

Come and meet Lauri at the Friends Annual Winetasting Celebration on September 17 at the Owosso Country Club.  Details here



DSC00237.JPGGet Out and Enjoy the Shiawassee

The Keepers of the Shiawassee River are organizing several trips for kayakers and canoers.  See the Keepers Facebook page for more details and the latest information.

 Thursday, August 27, Moonlight Paddle.  Meet at Lobdell Lake Boat Launch off Argentine Rd.  Paddles wet at 6:30 p.m. Cookout to follow.  RSVP requested. Details here 

Monday, September 14,  Shiatown Park to Corunna Meet below the dam at 11 a.m. We will paddle from Shiatown to the mill pond on Brady St in Corunna. Mid-point is Lytle Rd. If water is low this section can be pretty rocky so we may have to drag boats in some sections.   
Check out the FOSR paddling guide and maps under the "Learn More" tab at the top of this page; click on Canoeing & Kayaking

 Friends Launch 2015 Kayak Raffle

Paddle the Shiawassee River in your own 12 ft. Pongo 120 Kayak by Wilderness Systems! 2nd prize is a Suncast 50 Gallon Rain Barrel compliments of Gilberts Hardware & Appliance, and the 3rd prize winner will receive an FOSR Wine Basket. Tickets are on sale for $5 each. Follow this link to our raffle event page for information on where to purchase your tickets and when winners will be announced!  

  Friends of the Shiawassee River

P.O. Box 402

Owosso, MI 48867

(989) 723-9062


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