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Acquisition of Lake Michigan Coastal Preserve

Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy

  • Program Environment
  • Program Area Addressing the Freshwater Challenge
  • Grant Amount $6,153,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2004–December 31, 2008
  • Location Traverse City, MI, United States
  • Geographic Focus Michigan

About this grant

The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy (GTRLC), with support from Mott and other public and private sources, has purchased approximately 6,000 acres, including two miles of shoreline on Lake Michigan in Michigan’s Benzie and Manistee counties.This property, which includes sand dunes up to 330 feet in height, provides important habitat for rare and threatened plant species, migratory birds and butterflies, bald eagles, and a variety of mammal species. It is adjacent to several other protected shoreline parcels. Approximately 1,650 acres of the protected property will be managed as a nature preserve, with public access allowed.GTRLC, established in 1991, serves a five-county region in northwestern, lower Michigan. It mission is to protect significant natural, scenic and farm lands.