House Street Feasibility Study

Wolverine Worldwide is preparing a Feasibility Study to evaluate options and next steps for our House Street property. This process is part of the comprehensive PFAS remediation plan agreed to last year in the Consent Decree between Wolverine Worldwide, the State of Michigan, and Plainfield and Algoma Townships.

As part of our work on the Feasibility Study, we have met with neighbors on and around House Street, as well as Plainfield Township officials, EGLE staff, and the Community Advisory Group.  During these meetings, we shared information about an option to preserve our heavily wooded property and enhance it with additional trees and recreational trails. This nature preserve option would also include scientifically proven methods to accomplish environmental remediation in accordance with the Consent Decree.

To learn more about the Feasibility Study for our House Street property, including the nature preserve option outlined above, please review these slides

We will be submitting the Feasibility Study to EGLE on February 19, 2021.  Between now and then, we will be evaluating the feedback already received and any additional feedback that we receive in the next couple of weeks.

We will continue keeping the community informed through regular updates on this blog, www.WeAreWolverine.com, and through information posted at kiosks and in other locations accessible to the public. As always, residents with questions or feedback are encouraged to contact Wolverine Worldwide directly at HouseStreet@wwwinc.com or (616) 866-5627.

White Pine Trail to be Temporarily Re-Routed Next Week Due to Tree Planting at Former Tannery

Since completing excavation work earlier this year at the site of its former Tannery in Rockford, Wolverine has been placing and grading clean topsoil, re-seeding the banks of the Rogue River with native grasses and flowers, installing erosion control devices, and repaving the White Pine Trail. For pictures and more details on this restoration work, please click here and here, and see some recent pictures at the end of this post.

Wolverine will complete this work next week by planting approximately 70 trees and shrubs along the banks of the Rogue River and adjacent to the White Pine Trail. Planting locations are shown on the approved plans, and species include Sugar Maple, Hackberry, White Pine, Kentucky Coffeetree, Swamp White Oak, Burr Oak, Red Oak, Black Tupelo, Buttonbush, Silky Dogwood, and American Planetree.

To accomplish these plantings, it will be necessary to temporarily re-route the White Pine Trail along the length of the Tannery property. We expect this to commence on Monday, October 12, and last for approximately seven to ten days. During this time, we anticipate this portion of the trail being re-routed from approximately 8:00 am through 5:00 pm each weekday, as shown in red on this map.

Wolverine and its contractors will strive to limit the impact of this work on neighboring residents, surrounding businesses, and the broader community. We will also continue keeping the community informed through regular updates on our blog, www.WeAreWolverine.com, and through information at kiosks and in other locations accessible to the public.

As always, residents with questions are encouraged to contact Wolverine directly at HouseStreet@wwwinc.com or (616) 866-5627.

Update on Restoration Work at Former Tannery

Over the past two months, Wolverine Worldwide has been performing restoration work at the site of its former Tannery in Rockford. This has included placing and grading clean topsoil, replanting the banks of the Rogue River with native grasses and flowers, repaving the White Pine Trail, and installing erosion controls. Several photographs of the recent work are included at the end of this post.

For complete details on the grasses and wildflowers we recently planted, and the shrubs and trees we plan to plant this fall, please click here for the approved restoration plans. In addition, we wanted to share some statistics and insights gathered by the experienced landscape architects and wetlands scientists who helped us develop and implement the plans:

Statistics

  • Repaved approximately 1,800 linear feet of the White Pine Trail with new asphalt
  • Imported and spread approximately 2,800 cubic yards of clean topsoil
  • Planted over 750 pounds of grass and wildflower seed
  • Planted 9,100 native grass and flower seedlings along the banks of the Rogue River
  • Planning to plant over 50 trees this fall

Insights

  • All the new plants along the riverbank are native to this area and will create significant wildlife pollinator habitats.
  • All the new plants along the banks of the riverbank are pollinated by some type of insect, not by wind deposition. This helps reduce hay fever, asthma, and itchy eyes.
  • 33 different species of native plants were planted along the riverbank, split into several planting zones based on proximity to the river.
  • Native plants spend their lives growing roots, which can reach anywhere from 5 to 20 feet deep.  Each plant has a different root architecture so that they do not compete for moisture and nutrients.
  • In time, the plants along the riverbank will together create over one million miles worth of roots.

These restoration activities are part of the remediation agreed upon by Wolverine and the EPA, and follow the excavation work Wolverine completed this year.  We are committed to keeping the community informed through regular updates on this blog, www.WeAreWolverine.com, and through information posted at kiosks and in other locations accessible to the public. As always, residents with questions are encouraged to contact Wolverine directly at HouseStreet@wwwinc.com or (616) 866-5627.

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White Pine Trail to Reopen on May 22

Wolverine is pleased to announce that the portion of the White Pine Trail running through its former tannery site in Rockford will reopen tomorrow, May 22, around 12:00 p.m.

Over the past week we removed crushed stone haul roads, installed additional erosion controls, and performed final grading and hydroseeding. This site restoration work is described here, and followed the excavation work described in more detail here. For current photos of the site, please see the end of this blog post.

We anticipate needing to close and re-route the White Pine Trail two more times this year for short periods. This first will be in early June, to supplement the seeding along the riverbank with cuttings and plugs of similar native grasses and wildflowers. The second will be this fall, to plant trees along the riverbank and trail. For complete details on the grasses, wildflowers, shrubs, and trees being planted on the site, please click here for the approved plans, the key sections of which are also at the bottom of this blog post.

We are committed to keeping the community informed through regular updates on this blog, www.WeAreWolverine.com, and through information posted at kiosks and in other locations accessible to the public. As always, residents with questions are encouraged to contact Wolverine directly at HouseStreet@wwwinc.com or (616) 866-5627.

 

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Tannery Restoration North Side

Tannery Restoration North Side

 

Tannery Restoration South Side

Tannery Restoration South Side