The state plans on purchasing a 1,400 foot stretch of Lake Michigan shoreline adjacent to Petoskey State Park, thanks to a recently awarded federal grant.
Ronda Wuycheck is the Program Manager for the Office of Great Lakes’ Coastal Management division. She says land conservation is an important aspect of the coastal management program.
“These lands now will be protected for public good. Besides the endangered and threatened animal and plant species, it’s just the opportunity for this land to be conserved as well as open it up for public use” says Wuycheck.
The land is home to endangered and threatened species, including the Piping Plover and Pitcher’s Thistle. It also has critical dune habitat zones, and includes 1,400 feet of Lake Michigan shoreline. The land also has the mouth of a trout stream known as Tannery Creek.
“So these are ecologically sensitive lands, so instead of the property going into development we’re hoping to protect it and conserve it” says Wuycheck.
The federal grant will pay for about half of the land’s estimated total cost of $405,000.