Poison Ivy In The Waning Days of Winter

Wilder Side of Oakland County

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Thoughts of spring may remain buried under blankets of snow yet cycles of nature on the wilder side of Oakland County continue unnoticed.  One day soon choruses of spring peepers and wood frogs will add music to silent wetlands and woodland flowers will enrich sunny hillsides with delicate blossoms. But first the snows must melt.  We wait for that day. We dream of that day.   And no one is thinking about poison ivy.

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Navigating Oakland Roads

“In Michigan, all roads fall under one of three jurisdictions. About 8 percent are state highways (which includes interstates). Cities and villages control 17 percent of roads. The remaining 75 percent fall under the jurisdiction of countywide governmental agencies known as road commissions (the only exception of Wayne County, where the county’s Department of Public Services functions as the road commission).” -RCOC

It’s no secret that the extreme fluctuation in temperature we’ve experienced this winter has caused damage to some of the Oakland County roads. Do you know what to do if you spot a pothole? The Road Commission for Oakland County is working diligently to fix and repair damaged roads, but if you see something make sure to report it here.

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The RCOC maintains a larger road system than any other county road agency in Michigan.

•2,700-plus miles of county roads

•More than 230 miles of state highways in Oakland County

•Approximately 90 bridges

•Approximately 1,500 traffic signals

•Approximately 150,000 traffic signs   -RCOC

The form for reporting a pothole (and other concerns) is located on their website: http://www.rcocweb.org/AboutUs/Contact_Us.aspx

For more information about the RCOC, visit their website: http://www.rcocweb.org/

RCOC can also be found on Twitter (@OaklandRoads) and Facebook.

Tracks and Trails – Secrets in the Snow

Exciting mysteries unfold in the ever changing storybook easel we call snow; tales of predator and prey, life and death and the endless search for food by creatures that wander through winter.   Encounters with the natural world await hikers, cross country skiers and those that trod the woods of winter on snowshoes.  The secret to reading these stories in snow is careful observation of the tracks and heading out the day after a fresh snowfall, unless winds masked the new wildlife tracks.

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