Nearly a Mile of Lake Huron Shoreline to Become a Permanent Public Preserve
Thanks to the generous support of foundations, businesses, individual donors and the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund, we have surpassed our $2.5 million fundraising goal to ensure permanent protection of nearly a mile of Lake Huron shoreline.
Under permanent protection, this 145-acre property will become a public nature preserve owned in perpetuity by Alabaster Township. The mature hardwoods, forested wetlands and cobble beach provide ideal plant and wildlife habitat and plenty of opportunities for recreation and relaxation.
Alabaster Township will continue to work closely with Huron Pines to finalize a management plan for the property which will include enhanced trails and improved access to Lake Huron for residents, visitors and future generations.
The Preserve Will
- Conserve 145 acres and nearly a mile of Lake Huron shore
- Create a public space for people to enjoy nature for generations to come
- Provide direct and safe public access to Lake Huron
- Build new trail connections between the Alabaster Township Bike Path and Arboretum and Lake Huron
- Protect the land from future development
- Preserve essential habitat for migratory birds in one of the most important migration pathways in North America
Huron Pines bought the coastal property in 2020 as a temporary measure to take it off the real estate market for commercial sale. The purchase was made possible with a short-term loan from The Conservation Fund. Our organization worked closely with Alabaster Township over the past year to establish land management processes, raise funds for the property, secure public support and submit the grant proposal to the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund.
Huron Pines was able to raise over $1 million thanks to foundations, private funders and individual donors like you. The MNRTF’s requirement for local match contributions will be fulfilled with funds from The Carls Foundation; Elizabeth, Allan and Warren Shelden Fund; Walters Family Foundation; John Woollam; The Albanese Family Fund; Alabaster Township; Donette and Gary Spiekerman and the many individual supporters who gave during the public fundraising campaign.
The grant funds will be appropriated by the Michigan Legislature in the spring of 2022. The goal is to transfer ownership of the property from Huron Pines to Alabaster Township by the end of 2022.