Over 700 acres of forest purchased by Leelanau Conservancy

PW Fall 014 WEB (1)Over 700 acres of forest land was purchased by the Leelanau Conservancy last week for 4.1 million dollars. The land was the largest contiguous tract of privately owned land remaining in Leelanau County.

The 4.1 million dollar purchase of Palmer Woods Forest Reserve was made possible through over 600 donations made to the Leelanau Conservancy.

Becky Hill is the Natural Area and Preserves Manager at the Leelanau Conservancy. She said conserving the forest is good for the local environment, particularly Glen Lake.

“So a lot of the water that flows into Glen Lakes comes from the eastern side of the lake, which is where Palmer Woods is located. So all of the water that goes into Palmer Woods will be recharging the underground aquifers going into Glen Lake.”

Hill said the trails are now open for those wishing to explore the property.

“So right now it’s open to the public, we have a couple of trails labeled, there’s a loop trail and another valley trail that goes up the majority of the property. There’s a lot of other side trails but those aren’t labeled right now.”

Hill said hikers wanting to check out the property should be careful as there is no cell-phone reception in the area.