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Grant adds 1,475 acres to pristine natural area
|Project Summary: The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative helped a Michigan conservation district add 1,475 acres of ecologically significant wetlands to the Bete Grise Preserve along Lake Superior.|
Project name: Bete Grise Wetlands Acquisition.
Location: Keweenaw County, Michigan.
Description: The Bete Grise Preserve is located near the tip of the scenic Keweenaw Peninsula in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The state of Michigan long ago identified Bete Grise as one of the highest quality dune swale wetland systems remaining in the Upper Great Lakes. It is also a beautiful, remote area on the shores of Lake Superior. In the 1990s, International Paper targeted the site for an upscale residential development. A five-year fundraising effort by several conservation groups resulted in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in 2004 providing a $1.4 million grant to purchase 1,104 acres of property and preserve the site as a natural area. In 2010, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration used money from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to grant to Houghton Keweenaw Conservation District another $1.7 million to add more than 1,475 acres to the Bete Grise Preserve.
Approximate cost of project: $1.7 million.
Resource challenges addressed: Coastal dune ecology, biological diversity and preservation of coastal wetlands.
Key partners (public and private): Houghton Keweenaw Conservation District, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, The Nature Conservancy, Keweenaw Land Trust, South Shore Association, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
Results and accomplishments: The grant from NOAA and the GLRI added 1,475 acres to the Bete Grise Preserve, which will protect in perpetuity one of the highest quality dune and wetland complexes in the upper Great Lakes.
Web site: http://www.keweenawlandtrust.org/special-betegrise.php
Originally Published: October 3, 2012