The Pigeon River is a world-class stream: its clean, icy flows support a thriving coldwater ecosystem that includes brook trout, brown trout and steelhead. It is a designated Natural River and an all-around classic example of what a northern Michigan river should be. The surrounding forests are home to Michigan's elk herd along with countless other wildlife; recreationists and hunters from near and far tell stories of generations-deep connections to the area. No other site has divided the Pigeon River system like the Song of the Morning Dam. Huron Pines has collaborated with the private landowner, Department of Natural Resources, and numerous conservation partners and supporters to remove the dam and enhance wildlife habitat in the surrounding Pigeon River Country State Forest by removing invasive species and restoring native grasslands and forests. Now, the Pigeon River is finally flowing free for the first time in over 100 years! Staff from Huron Pines will tell the story of the dam removal process, partner collaboration and long-term restoration activities, including invasive species monitoring and removal, to ensure a healthy and well-connected ecosystem.