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Stewards of nature

Fox Run’s commitment to protect wildlife, support the ecosystem

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September 15th, 2016
Fox Run residents and staff work together to publish Fox Run Ecos, an annual journal designed to educate people about the community’s ecosystems and the way they benefit the greater Novi area.

Fox Run residents and staff work together to publish Fox Run Ecos, an annual journal designed to educate people about the community’s ecosystems and the way they benefit the greater Novi area.

With their manicured lawns, statuesque trees, and patches of colorful flowers, the grounds at Fox Run are certainly beautiful to behold. But there’s even more to the picturesque landscape than meets the eye. 

The grounds of the 108-acre Erickson Living retirement community in Novi, Mich., are designed with an eye toward protecting wildlife and supporting the ecosystem. To celebrate the wonders of nature found right outside their own front door, a group of residents at Fox Run publish an annual journal called Fox Run Ecos. The goal of the publication is to help people better understand the community’s ecosystems and their impact on the greater Novi area. 

Highlighting nature

“We want to stimulate interest and learning about life in the fascinating nature worlds that exist within Fox Run, and we want to do it in a way that is easy to comprehend,” says resident Doreen Poupard, a former Novi City councilwoman who is a member of Ecos’ editorial board. 

Resident Joslen Letscher is the primary author and photographer of Fox Run Ecos, and a member of the editorial board, which also includes resident Don Boufford and staff members Brian Taylor and Leonard Gringlas. 

Along with vibrant photos of nature scenes at Fox Run, the publication includes numerous informative stories. One story explains how plants are selected to attract butterflies and hummingbirds on campus. Another details how the water that flows through Fox Run nourishes the social-ecological life systems in the neighboring Walled Lake and the Rouge River watershed. Hundreds of copies of Fox Run Ecos are distributed to civic, business, and nonprofit organizations, as well as to city, state, and federal elected officials. 

“Our campus has a wonderful presence in that it supports the entire city of Novi ecosystem,” Poupard says. “We want to tell everyone about it.”

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