The 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Adventures

Saturday, January 2, 2010

A Timely Gift

A tract of lakeshore -- 171 acres of it -- has just been purchased and protected. This untouched land is located just north of Oval Beach in Saugatuck, Michigan, and stretches up to the mouth of the Kalamazoo River where it empties into Lake Michigan. The Land Conservancy, the City of Saugatuck, and The Nature Conservancy joined with private donors to close the $20 million dollar deal just before 2009 ended.

The preservation of this wild area is a gift to us all.


  1. I wholeheartedly support the work of the Nature Conservancy. Recognizing that partnerships are best formed by cooperation and compromise, they are accomplishing great things worldwide. Recently they worked with the US Army at Fort Bragg, NC to provide habitat restoration, safe nesting grounds, and perimeter safety for military training. Two groups that might be perceived as having incompatible goals achieve unity and we are the beneficiaries.

    Thank you for reporting on this new acquisition for Michigan. I look forward to checking it out on future travels!

  2. Stew!

    Yes, the Nature Conservancy has a wonderful mandate: to set aside land. Just set it aside and protect it. We need these wild places.