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Posted on Tue, Apr 19, 2011 : 4:39 p.m.

Friends of Stinchfield Woods plan cleanup day around popular recreation area

By Lisa Allmendinger

The Friends of Stinchfield Woods is planning its annual spring cleanup of the four periphery roads that surround the more than 700-acre forest owned by the University of Michigan in Dexter Township.

This year’s cleanup will take place April 30 from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers should enter at the stone gate entrance on Stinchfield Woods Road.

Ginny Ryan, one of the group’s members, said that “so many people ski, hike and walk their dogs there; it would be great if they’d help us pick up trash on the roads that surround the woods.”

“There are trees there that aren’t found in other places,” Ryan said, “It’s a treasure space.”

Volunteers are asked to bring gloves and wear old shoes or hiking boots and enter the area from Stinchfield Woods Road off Dexter-Pinckney Road.

When asked if the group had found anything unusual during the more than 20 years the cleanup has taken place, Ryan said last year she found a dollar bill, but the group also found a stuffed owl someone had tossed in a ditch.

Volunteers will be asked to pick up trash, bottles and cans along Toma, Stinchfield Woods, Dexter-Pinckney and North Territorial roads.

Lisa Allmendinger is a regional reporter for She can be reached at