Annual Rouge River Cleanup More than Just Picking up Trash

By Mel Corrigan, The Oakland County Times

Beverly Hills, MI – Every spring, volunteers from various Rouge communities work together to clean-up and preserve the Rouge River and its surroundings for future generations. Friends of the Rouge is a nonprofit established in 1986. That year, the first Rouge Rescue event comprised removing large quantities of trash from the river. Since then, the clean-up efforts have evolved to comprise invasive species removal, the planting of native species to stabilize stream banks, and wood debris management within the river.

The Village of Beverly Hills has been preserving its portion of the Rouge for nearly two decades. Douglas Evans Nature Preserve is an eighteen-acre park tucked neatly within the Village north of 13 Mile Road, just west of Evergreen. The only indication of the park from the road is a sign. If you blinked you’d miss it. The Rouge wraps around the park, serving as a natural border.

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