Project protects valuable
A land purchase in northern Wisconsin increased public access to the Lake Michigan shoreline and protected valuable bird habitat.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration worked with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to acquire a parcel of land where Mashek Creek flows into Lake Michigan. The property includes 1,700 feet of Lake Michigan shoreline and 1,400 feet of frontage on both sides of Mashek Creek. Wooded areas on the site provide stopover habitat for neo-tropical migratory birds and raptors that move along the shores of Lake Michigan. Salmon and steelhead migrate into the creek from Lake Michigan, creating fishing opportunities. The acquisition provided the first public parcel along the shores of Lake Michigan in Kewaunee County. The land buy protected the site’s ecological values and provided new recreational opportunities and educational programs.
Resource Challenges Addressed
- Loss of migratory bird habitat
- Lack of public access to Lake Michigan’s shoreline
MASHEK CREEK PROPERTY ACQUISITION
Location: Pierce, Wis.
Approximate cost: $1,100,000 with $398,000 from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
Key partners: Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Types of jobs created: Property appraiser, mortgage broker, land acquisition specialists
Results and Accomplishments
The purchase increased public access to the Lake Michigan shoreline while protecting an ecologically valuable parcel of coastline, forest and Mashek Creek.