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LITTLE TRAVERSE quarterly CONSERVANCY VOLUME XXIV, No. 2 Fall 2003 Protecting Land Throughout Our Region T ravel with us through this newsletter as we share a range of projects that take us from one end of our service area to the other. Thanks to conservation-minded landowners, increased stewardship support, and Conservancy donors, the year has already established itself as one of the most active in the organization’s 31-year history. Inside, read about the new trails and overlook at the Round Island Point Preserve 1 in Chippewa County. 1 Journey south through Todd Parker the Straits area and learn about 250 acres recently pro- tected near Cheboygan County’s Point Nipigon through the Conservation Investment Program. Meet 2 5 John and Colene Childs who have protected 80 acres of 4 3 land in the same region. 2 Jim Haveman Continue southeast to see the new Pigeon River 6 Preserve. 3 Head west to Emmet County and know that one of the county’s most beautiful ridges is now permanently protected by the Gamble Family. 4 Look even further westward to Beaver Island and thank the Haveman Family who have protected their 120-acre private property on the south end of the island. 5 ALSO INSIDE Todd Parker This fall, as some of our best hiking days approach, take advice from our environmental Save the Trees Report — 4 education staff and G.O.! (Get Outside!) Turn Conservation Investment Protects 250 to page 11 to learn about recent preserve Acres — 7 improvements such as the new overlook at the New Members — 8 Raven Ridge Preserve. 6 Visit a nature pre- Discovery Boxes for Chippewa serve that you’ve never seen before, and give County Now Available — 9 j thanks for this beautiful corner of the world. Annual Meeting Review — 10 Stewardship in High Gear — 11 From top to bottom: Gamble Conservation From the Director — 14 Gary Williams Easement (p. 3); Haveman Conservation Historic Notecards Support LTC — 15 Easement (p. 2); new Pigeon River Preserve Fall Field Trips — back page (p. 5); Childs Conservation Easement (p. 6) L A N D P R O T E C T I O N Family Donates Easement on 120 Acres of Beaver Island Jim Anderson Beaver Island showing Haveman conservation easement. (inset) Kortney Haveman Hawkins and five-month-old Avery Marie A s graduates of Northern Michigan University in “I have known that I wanted to do a conservation easement Marquette, Traverse City residents Jim and Sarah on our property for many years. There is nothing more perma- Haveman planned to nent and lasting,” he said. some day buy cabin property in “In reality, the easement is more about All four family members are the Upper Peninsula. But when (our granddaughter) and the future avid outdoors people, and their a friend took them on a sailboat landowners than it is about Sarah and me.” Beaver Island property has become trip to Beaver Island, they - Jim Haveman an integral part of their family life began to think differently. for hunting and outdoor recre- “We realized that this place had a lot of what we were ation. Sarah is able to spend summers on the island and their looking for up north and was much closer to Traverse,” said children, Robert and Kortney, held summer jobs there for Jim. In the mid-1980s, the couple purchased a 40-acre parcel years. “By living and working on the island during the sum- on the south end of the island, which boasted a rich diversity mer, we’ve developed a strong sense of community with both of plant and wildlife species. Ten the natural resources and the years later, a second 40-acre tract people of Beaver Island,” ow that they have gone through the process was purchased, and then two years ago, a third. Over the years, the N of completing a conservation easement, Jim plans to share information with others on the Robert said. Over the years, the Havemans have noticed that Havemans have encouraged old island. “To be honest, the process of initiating a the island is experiencing forest growth on the lowland soils conservation easement can be daunting at first,” greater development pressures and large, picturesque hardwoods he said. “It forces you to think 50 to 100 years into similar to the mainland. “We on the upland sites. Jim, who has the future and to realize that this is permanent.” were particularly interested in worked with the Conservation “One of the most important things that the preserving the scenic corridor Resource Alliance (CRA) for 22 Havemans did in their easement was to clearly along the half mile of road describe their motivations for donating the ease- years, has been a long-time advo- frontage that our property ment,” said land protection specialist Ty Ratliff. For cate of protecting lands that are includes,” Jim said. “This will example, the easement states that it will allow for important for wildlife movements. stay forested and beautiful and “encourage small business activities that may Through his work, CRA has be associated with rural living and lifestyles that forever.” established the Wild-Link do not impact the property’s conservation values.” Five months ago, Jim and Program, a voluntary landowner Jim explained that it was important for him to know Sarah’s first grandchild, program that assists landowners that someone could make a sustainable living on Avery Marie, was born. “In in managing wildlife corridors the land. reality, the easement is more through their private property. The Havemans have retained a development about her and the future Wildlife freely travel between his site for one structure on their property. landowners than it is about 2 property and adjacent state lands. Sarah and me.” j L A N D P R O T E C T I O N Key Tract in Harbor Springs Greenbelt Protected The Jim Gamble Family recently donated a conservation easement on their 120-acre farm north of Harbor Springs. Jim's daughter, Terry Gamble Boyer, explains what the protection of this land means to her and her family. D rive north on Hoyt Road in Harbor Springs till it hits two ruts off Quick into a stand of maple and ash, ringed by Quick Road. Turning right toward the ski hills, you scrub juniper and pine. A hawk flew up, chased by its nemesis look back to the left for oncoming traffic. There in of a smaller bird, and later we spotted deer — as exotic to our the distance, you’ll see a hill rise up – part farmland, part city eyes as a herd of impala. woodland, one of the prettiest rises in northern Michigan. My father, Jim Gamble, was strangely quiet on the ride I first noticed it when it was covered with snow. Winter, home. 1973. I was seventeen and had the good fortune to be spend- Dad bought the property in the summer of 1973. He or my ing that time in Harbor Springs. Having spent every summer mother christened it “Quickfoot Farms.” The name endured, as of my life in northern have the summer picnics Michigan, I felt as and tromps to the upper though I knew it inti- forty to gather blackber- mately—the winding, ries where the previously (then) unpaved roads unobstructed view is now of the Lower Shore overgrown with rogue Drive, the grassy maples. Beyond the nas- dunes of Sturgeon cent woods sits a tena- Bay, the roller-coaster ciously ancient barn sur- ride of Stutsmanville rounded by sixty or so Road. But nothing acres leased to and still prepared me for the farmed by our neighbors, stark, arctic beauty of the Lightfoots. In a northern Michigan in clearing where we have winter. If I had loved cook-outs, there’s a mar- Harbor Springs before tin house that Ted then, I was now Bodzick built, fashioned Todd Parker besotted. after the lighthouse on I first toured the Harbor Point. There are farm on the corner of also the fading remains The Gamble Family donated a conservation easement on Quickfoot Farm. Quick and Lightfoot of a horseshoe pit hear- that spring with Tom kening back to when the Graham who was just starting out as a realtor. The land con- family had more energy and endless summer nights to spend sisted of one hundred and twenty acres — far bigger and picnicking. My mother, domestic goddess that she was, would more costly than anything my sister, Tracy, and I could gather wildflowers and place them elegantly into a roll of toilet afford. We had gotten this notion (a naïve paper to use as a center piece on the picnic table notion, but not without merit, as we were later when we sat down to hamburgers. Thirty years of Nothing prepared to learn) to acquire a little bit of land in north- memories. We still have the sign reading ern Michigan. If we could just own a little par- me for the “Quickfoot Farms,” but the kitschy, yellow-slick- cel, our thinking went – an acre, maybe – our stark, arctic beauty ered yard troll we set upon a stump has mysteri- ties to the area would be assured. Not that our of northern ously disappeared. ties weren’t already deep. On both our parents’ Michigan in winter. Our children continue to love “the farm.” side, our family had been summer residents of –Terry Gamble Boyer City kids all of them – they can have their Harbor Springs since the late nineteenth centu- “Green Acres” moment of hiking through tall ry. grasses, through apple orchards gone to seed, But this would be ours. What it would be, and what we through acres of corn in August. When they drive north on the would do with it — we had no idea. It was with this open- Hoyt Road till it comes to Quick, they can still look to the left minded, what-the-heck approach that I tromped the land and see that pretty rise. Anyone can. The conservation ease- with Tom Graham. And fell in love with it. ment granted to Little Traverse Conservancy will keep that In June of that year, I was to tromp it again with my land more or less pristine. Development is sprouting up right father. You’ve got to see this, I told him. We drove up the j and left, but not everywhere—not, at least, on the northwest corner of Quick and Lightfoot. 3 S A V E T H E T R E E S 14th Annual Save the Trees Fundraiser A total of 225 people attended this year’s “Save the Trees” Conservancy fundraiser held on July 5 at the Irish Boat Shop in Harbor Springs. All told, nearly $20,000 was raised for land protection work. Special thanks go to event chairs Shelagh Luplow and Gow Litzenburger, artist Julie Stenger Ryckman, and Irish Boat Shop. We also thank the Benefit Committee members, Silent Auction donors, and Business and Individual Sponsors for helping to make the 14th annual Save the Trees Party such a success. j (left) Save the Trees attendees show their support for Conservancy work in our region. (above) Shelagh Luplow, Steve and Julie Stenger Ryckman, and Christine and John Giampetroni showcase the painting that Julie donated for auc- tion at the event. Lucky bidder Carmen Beachum (above right) Business Sponsors Monogram Goods with Conservancy executive director Tom Bailey. Irish Boat Shop Nutmeg’s Food and Wine Graphic Printing Nub’s Nob Ski Area Gurney’s Harbor Bottle Shop Original Pancake House Cindy and Jim Peery Dr. and Mrs. Michael J. Miller James Greenway Duo The Outfitter Laurie Seltenright Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Nolan Litzenburger Landscaping Out to Lunch Margie and Pat Smith Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Smith A. R. Pontius Flower Shop Patricia Wood & Company Peter Stenger Ms. Margaretta Taylor Julie Stenger Ryckman Pierre Bittar Gallery Sarah Stenger Mr. and Mrs. Michael VanLokeren John Wooden Photography Edward Reams Krissie and Dan Verbic Mr. and Mrs. G. S. Veil Shepler’s Ferry Service Audie and Gill Whitman Mrs. Margo Winslow Silent Auction Donors The Spa at the Inn at Bay Harbor Julie and Bill Zoerhof Anchor Whitefish and Chips Stafford’s Hospitality Northern White Cedar Another Day in Paradise Taylor Rental Center Giving Tree Program Ms. Cynthia Ballantyne Bar Harbor Molly Reams Thompson Sponsors Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Berry Hillary Basta Tom’s Mom’s Cookies Mr. Frank C. Bielman White Pine Between the Covers Turkey’s Café and Pizzeria Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Daverman Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Birchtree Studio Woolly Bugger Mr. and Mrs. Forest Townsend Driggs Carruthers, IV Bistro Mr. and Mrs. Rob Mossburg Mr. and Mrs. Mark Townsend Driggs Bristly Thistle Benefit Committee Dr. and Mrs. John A. Woollam Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Evans Boyne USA Members John and Christine Giampetroni Shawna Clancy Shelagh Luplow, co-chair Eastern Hemlock Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Dean Hovey Computer Friendly Services Gow Litzenburger, co-chair Mr. and Mrs. J. Hord Armstrong, III Mr. and Mrs. Jeffery M. Hudson, Jr. Cornichons Market Debbie and Walker Bagby Mr. and Mrs. John H. Batts Mr. and Mrs. David H. Irish Carol Costello Mike and Martha Cameron Mr. and Mrs. Ralph R. Carruthers Mr. and Mrs. John W. Lawrence Cupola Room Mark and Kathy Driggs Mr. Tom Dulaney, Jr. Mrs. Lawrence W. Lovell Leslie Fischer Tara Dunne Dennis Janson and Sara Mr. and Mrs. Russell N. Luplow Grand Hotel Leslie Fischer Carruthers Janson Mr. and Mrs. Michael F. McManus Cynthia Haynes Sis and Walt Fisher Mrs. William K. Muir Howse’s Candy Haus Harley Luplow White Birch Al and Pat Olofsson Huzza Tiny and Russell Luplow Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Aikens Bill and Jane Petzold Island Bean Coffee Company Rad and Kate MacCready Michael and Martha Cameron Henry and Anita Schneider Juilleret’s Restaurant Yvonne and Mike McCready Mrs. Catherine Curran Mrs. Mary Schubert Kilwin’s of Harbor Springs Dave McVicker Mr. and Mrs. John W. Kroha Gill and Audie Whitman Mary Ellen’s Place Pam and Bob Moorhead Mr. and Mrs. Michael McCready Dave McVicker Shannon and Steve Nolan 4 L A N D P R O T E C T I O N Longest Remaining Private Stretch of Pigeon River Becomes Preserve A year after launching a fundraising campaign, the largest undeveloped tract of private land along the north end of the Pigeon River has been purchased as a nature preserve, protecting 200 acres and 1.25 miles on both sides of this blue-ribbon trout stream. “We’re fortunate that funders recognized the ecological importance of this property’s protection and made the purchase possible,” said Tom Lagerstrom, asso- ciate director for the Conservancy. The 42-mile-long river originates northeast of Gaylord and drains into Mullett Lake, draining 88,000 acres within its watershed, which includes the beautiful Pigeon River State Forest. Because the river Piecing Together the becomes very wide through this Ecological Puzzle property, the stretch is well- Conservancy-protected Properties s a p t t t s loved by anglers. “Those of us who fish for trout in this part of Andreae Preserve - Michigan know about the 81 acres; 1.3 miles frontage Pigeon and it is dear to our Banwell Preserve - hearts,” said Al Rockwood, 360 acres; 2.9 miles frontage member of the Little Sturgeon Cudlip Conservation Easement - Trout Club and contributor 480 acres; 1 mile frontage toward the project. Pigeon River Wildlife Preserve Jack Harris, Burt Lake sum- 40 acres; .25 mile frontage mer resident, has also enjoyed The rocks and stones on the bottom of the Newest Acquisition - fishing at this property for years Pigeon River are indicators of a healthy river 200 acres; 1.25 miles frontage and helped make its protection and excellent trout habitat. possible. “This part of the Pigeon has brought me great fishing and birding pleasure for close to 50 summers. That it’s going to be here for my grandchil- dren delights me,” he said. In the past few years, the Conservancy has been able to secure the protec- tion of other significant riverfront parcels (see box above left). “This property is the largest missing link in an ecological puzzle being pieced together between state forest land and other photos by Todd Parker Conservancy-protected properties,” said Kieran Fleming, Conservancy land protection specialist. j Jack Harris fishing the newly protected stretch of Pigeon River. 5 L A N D P R O T E C T I O N John and Colene Childs with grand- Gary Williams daughter, Katia. A beaver dam on the Childs’ property (right). Needing the Tonic of Wildness John and Colene Childs of Mackinaw City recently completed the first two stages of a multi-step transaction, protecting 160 acres in Cheboygan County. Eventually, a total of 400 contiguous acres will be protected through the Conservation Investment Program. Here, Colene explains their conservation story. A love of Michigan’s natural habitats and the satisfac- our permanent home. As next door neighbors of Little tion of seeing them preserved for posterity led us to Traverse Conservancy trustee Dr. Edward Voss, we’ve been place a conservation easement on 160 acres we own privileged to accompany him on field trips and appreciate his in Hebron Township, Cheboygan County. We originally work with the Conservancy. We’ve found LTC’s dedication acquired 80 acres in 1994 as a private effort to preserve a and accomplishments extremely impressive. natural area primarily for hiking, wildlife observation, pho- Our interest in preserving natural areas stems from our tography, and enjoyment of natural surroundings. agrarian backgrounds. Both sets of John’s grandparents were In the summer of 2002, John became aware that adjoin- farmers. My parents owned 160 acres of prime Saginaw ing acreage might become available. Since it was a larger Valley farmland. Early on, I learned from my father that it tract than he felt was personal- was important to preserve wooded ly feasible, he contacted the We take great satisfaction in preserving this areas and fence rows for the exis- Conservancy to see if there wilderness area for generations to come. tence of wildlife, even though the was any interest. He immedi- - Colene Childs trend was to till every inch of the ately knew he was onto some- valuable soil. Further, my parents thing exciting, as land protection specialist Kieran Fleming protected their acreage in the Farmland Preservation Act. arranged to meet him at the property that very afternoon! Having lived in the city for years, and as owners of a Over the next year, we discussed methods that might be small business, we relate to this quote by Henry David used to acquire and protect as much of the potentially avail- Thoreau: “We need the tonic of wildness – to wade sometimes in able property as possible. It was a delight to work with marshes where the bittern and the meadow-hen lurk, and hear the Kieran who spent countless hours negotiating the sale with booming of the snipe; to smell the whispering sedge where only the former owner. some wilder and more solitary fowl builds her nest, and the mink As a result of our joint efforts, John and I granted an crawls with its belly close to the ground.” easement on our original 80 acres and purchased the Our son, daughter, and families share our love of nature additional 80 acres from LTC with an easement in place. and fully support our decision to preserve the Cheboygan The newly acquired property is largely second County acreage. As grandparents of a two-year-old, with growth forest with some wetland drained by a small another grandchild due in December, we take great satisfac- creek that eventually enters Lake Huron between tion in preserving this wilderness area for generations to Mackinaw City and Cheboygan. come and we hope we can convince some of our neighbors to We have been summer residents of Mackinaw City’s do the same! 6 Wawatam Beach since 1958. In the early 1990s we made it j L A N D P R O T E C T I O N to Ma ck ina w Lake Huron Ci ty Future Conservation Investment U.S . 23 to C Childs heb oyg Conservation an Dingman’s Marsh Easement Bear Paw Conservation Investment Project Welsh Conservation 250-acre Easement Conservation Investment Project I-7 5 The above map shows the geographical relationship between two Conservation Investment Program projects and property recently protected by John and Colene Childs (see story to left). To date, the Conservation Investment Project has completed the protection of 1,964 acres at an average cost of $142/acre. For more information about this program, please call our office at (231) 347-0991. Conservation Investment Protects 250 Acres Through the Conservation Investment Program, chase land, protect it with a conservation easement, and the Conservancy recently protected a 250-acre parcel then re-sell it to a conservation-minded buyer. The pro- that had been purchased, placed under conservation gram began in 2000 when the Conservancy Board of easement, and re-sold to a conservation buyer. The Trustees approved a revolving fund pool of $250,000 to property lies near the Dingman Marsh in Cheboygan be used for seed money to purchase properties as oppor- County and a mile east of the 120-acre Bear Paw tunities arise. Conservation Investment property protected in 2001. “In certain regions of our service area, we are find- Consisting primarily of wetland soils dominated by a ing that this is the best way we can make the most con- variety of cover types including tag alder, white cedar, servation impact given our array of available conserva- and aspen, the property is bordered by state forest land tion options,” said the Conservancy’s executive director on three sides. Tom Bailey. Last year, the Conservancy purchased the property If you are interested in learning more about the with the intention of re-selling it. The Conservation Conservation Investment Program, please contact our Investment Program allows the Conservancy to pur- office at (231) 347-0991. j 7 M E M B E R S H I P Workplace Giving through Earth Share of Michigan If your workplace includes Earth Share of Michigan in its payroll deduction campaign, you may consider a direct designation to the Little Traverse Conservancy. Most workplace giving programs run between September and November, and make giving by payroll deduction easy and automatic. Earth Share of Michigan is part of a national coalition of environmental and conservation organizations working to protect our local, national, and global natural resources. The Little Traverse Conservancy has been a member of Earth Share of Michigan since its inception. Some local United Ways also include Earth Share of Michigan and its member agencies in their list of charities. If your local United Way campaign does not include Earth Share of Michigan in its charity listing, you may write-in a donation on the pledge form. For further information about Earth Share of Michigan and its members groups contact: Earth Share of Michigan www.earthsharemichigan.org PO Box 363, 6380 Drumheller Road Bath, MI 48808 (800) 386-3326 We would like to welcome Mr. and Mrs. Carl W. Nichols Brad and Joyce Foster Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Ponte the following new members Mr. and Mrs. Joseph O'Neill Harold and Lynda Friedman Matt and Melinda Porter Ms. Susan H. Parker Mrs. Anne Frisch Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. Powell who joined our organization Kevin and Gay Peters Arnold and Dawn Geldermans Ms. Kelley Priebe during the period of Mr. and Mrs. Frank A. George and Phyllis Googasian Mr. and Mrs. William Racine June 1, 2003 to August 31, Shumway, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. John Goyke Mr. and Mrs. John Rakolta, Sr. 2003 Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Simms, Jr. Ms. Ruth Grass Mr. and Mrs. William Richards Barbara Merrell and Doug Bevill and Laurel Mr. Ernie Richardson Richard Waters Greenwood Mr. and Mrs. Donald B. Riefler New Business and Stephen and Sarah Ziegler Don and Anne Grimmer Gerald and Pat Rintamaki Professional Members Mr. Guy T. Harden, III Barry and Deborah Rosen New General Members Steve and Brenda Heacock Mrs. Sandra E. Ruffini Mrs. Patricia M. Anton Greg and Elizabeth Hebert Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Rupp Business Friends Gil and Brenda Archambo Chris Ford and Ali Hill Mr. Donald F. Samull LexaLite International Corp. Drs. William and Cathy Avery Larry and Eileen Hipschen Ms. Lucille Saylor Tom's Mom's Cookies Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Balyo Mr. Richard M. Hodgson, II Mr. Loyd G. Schemenauer Mr. Michael Lee Bates Mr. Stephen Hoffius Mr. Eric J. Schumaker Business Members Mrs. Olga Baum Mr. and Mrs. Allen I. Hunting Mr. and Mrs. N. David Scott Abent Pest Control North Jeff and Deanna Beaudoin Vern and Judy Istock Richard A. and Julia R. Scott Blarney Castle Oil Company Ms. Joan J. Belanger Mrs. Pat Jarve Richard and Patty Seeger David H. and Mary Kay Berles Mr. Bryan F. Jinnett, III Mr. Mel Shafer Performance Engineers, Inc. Ms. Margaret Bray Mr. and Mrs. John Kane Mr. and Mrs. Dean Sheldon Mrs. Kathy Brennan Herb and Phyllis Kayne Mr. and Mrs. James C. Shrader Individual and Family Joseph and Karen Busch John and Carol Kirk Louise Shumway Members Mr. and Mrs. Tom Cassel Mr. G. Timothy Lee Ron Siwicki Paul and Debra Chapoton Greg and Eileen Leugers Ms. Betsy R. Smith John and Una Clear Tom and Marilyn Lokey Mr. Steven C. Smith New Friends and Mark and Bonnie Lorenz Kendall and Diane Stanley Mr. Dennis Coan Benefactors John and Marcia Coble Mrs. June G. Ludwig Mr. and Mrs. Donald H. Stearns The following are new Friends Terry and Terry Cox Daniel and Kim Lytle David L. and Diane L. Steele or Benefactors, or Cathy Crane Kristin and Raymond Majkrzak Mr. and Mrs. William L. Steffen previous members who have Thomas and Pamela Crook James and Susan Masiak Mr. Robert E.L. Strider Mr. and Mrs. Ben R. Mayne, II Ed and Diane Strzelinski moved up to these categories Mr. and Mrs. Dennis R. Darst Cliff and Jane Denay James A. and Marilyn E. McGraw Gary and Deb Swindlehurst in their annual giving. William and Rosemary McKennie Joe and Kathy Thorpe Jeffrey and Mary Detwiler Mr. and Mrs. Robert Doctor Mr. and Mrs. Robert D. Meek Ms. Mary M. Trout Mrs. Ann R. Baruch Mr. Douglas H. Melvin Mr. and Mrs. Richard B. Vance, II Robert and Michelle Beauchamp Mrs. Edna L. Dodge Patrick and Carrie Dorcey Norman and Joann Miller Peter E. and Jeanie VanNice Mr. and Mrs. John Bissell Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Myers, IV Allen and Karen VanGorder Mr. and Mrs. William M. Brewster Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dragoo Mr. and Mrs. James N. Erhart Joe and Debbie Nachtrab Mr. James Vuke Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Cavender Dale and Dawn Nelson Butch and Diane Walterhouse Mr. and Mrs. Alfred J. Fisher, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. John E. Farley Bob and Peg Faulman Dr. and Mrs. Harold E. Nelson Frank and Natalie Weber Forevergreen Foundation Don and Julie Nummer Larry and Wendy Whippo Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gano Mike and Gail Federle Mr. W. Gray Fischer Ms. Marilyn Ormsbee Connee Wiles Mr. and Mrs. John E. Hoffman Ms. Danielle Coursey Ottimer Carl and Judy Windnagle Mr. and Mrs. Elcott C. Jones Charles and Eileen Fisher Ms. Janet A. Forgione Mr. and Mrs. Paul F. Parrott Mr. and Mrs. William E. Winkler Murray and Jeanie Kilgour Ms. Alice M. Peck Jeff and Deb Young Mrs. Solveig M. Kramer Brian and Patty Forster Mr. Fred Peterson 8 The Bartosiks donated a conservation ea E N V I R O N M E N T A L E D U C A T I O N From One Season to the Next Summer Young Naturalist Programs This past summer, nearly 200 children participated in Conservancy-led Young Naturalist programs. These programs have become a great way for families to get outside and learn about our northern natural areas together. Programs were offered on Wednesday afternoons and took place at a variety of preserves and natural areas across northern Michigan. Participants had the opportunity to gather aquatic crea- tures from Spring Lake Park, tip toe barefoot through Seven Springs, collect insects at Stutsmanville Bog, explore the Sturgeon Bay dunes, get lost at Ransom, and nurture their artistic side at East Park. We enjoyed seeing many familiar faces of both year-round and summer residents, as well as many new faces this year. Turning to Autumn With summer programs behind us, Environmental Education staff are busy gearing up for the coming school year and our Fall School Programs which begin on September 15. Each fall an average of 1,800 students experience a Conservancy program where they might study decomposition, fall leaves, seed dispersal, food chains, or insects. This year teachers interested in our decomposition program can Exploring Sturgeon Bay Dunes during a also choose to participate in Recycle2, a cooperative program with Raven Hill Young Naturalist Program. Discovery Center (see below). Attention Chippewa County Educators! Chippewa County teachers have new opportunities available to them this fall. The Chippewa Community Foundation gener- ously provided funding to support the creation of three discovery boxes for teachers in Chippewa County. These boxes will be housed at the Chippewa Community Foundation office in Sault Ste. Marie and are available to teachers at no cost by calling (906) 635-1046. For more information about our Fall Program schedule or discovery boxes, please call Marci or Alison at the Conservancy at (231) 347-0991. j Recycle2 a cooperative project with Raven Hill Discovery Center In an effort to cooperate and provide teachers with in different stages of decomposition as well as take digi- the best opportunities for their students, Little Traverse tal photos to create displays after returning to school. Conservancy and Raven Hill Discovery Center have In part two of the Recycle2 program, students visit combined efforts to create a new program this fall. An the Raven Hill Discovery Center where they investigate excellent opportunity for students studying decomposi- the human world of recycling. They will build liquid tion and human impact, the Recycle2 program provides density columns like the actual ones used to separate a look at the world of recycling from two perspectives. various types of plastics, experience magnetic separators, A generous grant from the Coleman Foundation and experience first-hand the recycling of blue jeans covers program costs for 46 elementary classes to attend and other fibers into paper. Recycle2. The program includes a field study with Students return to school with a variety of items Conservancy staff at the Raven Ridge Nature Preserve and create displays to educate the rest of the school on where students take a look at how natural the idea of the natural and human processes of recycling. Displays recycling really is. Nature’s own recyclers – millipedes, may include the sequence of leaf and tree decomposi- pill bugs, beetles and many others – take center stage as tion, recycled paper, as well as pictures, drawings or we investigate decomposing logs and leaves on the forest models of separation techniques. floor. Students will collect samples of natural materials j 9 S U M M E R H A P P E N I N G S Goodhart Farms Preserve Dedicated at Annual Meeting 2003 Celebrating the Conservancy’s largest single gift in its history are (left to right) Conservancy Chair Dianne Litzenburger, donor Maureen Mayne, Executive Director Tom Bailey, Associate Director Tom Lagerstrom, and donor Ed Mayne. After the meeting and a barbecue luncheon, horse drawn tours of the 625-acre property, compliments of Birchwood Farm, awaited attendees. The following is adapted from Executive Director Tom Bailey’s speech at the Conservancy’s 31st annual meeting on August 5. “W hat a wonderful joy it is to meet each year to cele- about what we’re saving it from and what we’re saving it for. brate the accomplishments and achievements of Our founders had a lot of experience with trying to save land the Little Traverse Conservancy in its service to from excessive exploitation and development. They formed the conservation cause. This year, we meet at Goodhart the Conservancy because they wanted to save land not just Farms to also celebrate the wonderful generosity of Ed and from development, but for a larger purpose. For a healthy, Maureen Mayne, as representatives of all of our donors and beautiful community. For our children to enjoy. For all gener- supporters over the past year and indeed throughout our his- ations to be able to both understand and experience the sce- tory. What a monumental gift they have made to our com- munity! This gift of land will have incalculable value as a nic beauty and natural integrity of northern Michigan.” j place for people to enjoy, experience and learn about the outdoors. Land Protection Statistics “We say that the Conservancy ‘saves’ land, but we must 1972 to mid 2003 be careful. Most of the land we acquire has already been saved. People like the Hannah family who held this land for years, and Ed and Maureen Mayne, are the ones who really 19,975 acres total saved this land; the Conservancy is simply stepping in to - 128 conservation easements - 8,900 acres become the steward and the guardian of what these wonder- - 146 preserves - 7,306 acres ful people have saved, and are now entrusting to us. - 43 transfer or assists - 3,768 acres “When we talk about ‘saving’ land, we must be mindful 10 S T E W A R D S H I P Stewardship Activities in High Gear During Summer Months O ver the summer months, the Conservancy was fortunate to have brothers Charles and James Dawley work for us. These industrious guys helped us complete several preserve improve- ments throughout our service area including the fol- lowing: Approximately 250 feet of old boardwalk was replaced at the McCune Preserve (Emmet County). Thank you to the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Community Foundation for funds toward this work. A new one-mile trail has been established at the Brothers James and Charles Dawley spent their summer completing a variety Oden Island Preserve (Emmet County). The of stewardship projects at several nature preserves. Here they place boardwalk trail includes three sections of boardwalk over at the Oden Island Nature Preserve. wetlands and two lakeside benches. The construction of a platform overlook at the Round were mowed and 18 new signs were created and are being Island Point Preserve (Chippewa County). Visitors can placed. drive to the platform, While Charles has returned to which offers views of Central Michigan University to con- Lake Superior from a tinue his degree in Computer high bluff. An approxi- Systems, James will continue work- mately one-mile-long ing with the Conservancy part-time loop trail has been this fall, while taking classes at marked and plans are North Central Michigan College in underway for it to be Petoskey working toward a degree in cleared by high school- Construction Management. A big ers from Brimley. thanks to these young men for a The construction of a great summer! platform at the Raven Ridge Preserve (Charlevoix County) Thank You, Vic! off of the trail exten- Thank you, also, to outgoing steward- sion from the 1½ mile ship specialist Vic Lane for his past trail system. The new 2 ½ years of work with Little Traverse overlook offers a beau- Conservancy. Vic was responsible for tiful view of the valley the completion of several stewardship below. projects including improvements at many nature preserves. We also greatly A bridge and trail appreciated his mapping skills and his extension were com- genuine enthusiasm for this work. Vic pleted at the North and his fiance, Erin Atwood, will be Branch Boyne River moving back home to live in the Preserve (Charlevoix Environmental Education Coordinator Marci Birkes checks Grand Traverse area where Vic has taken County). out the view from the new platform at the Round Island Point a stewardship position with the Grand Preserve. The environmental education staff plan to use the Traverse Regional Land Conservancy. Several preserves preserve for programs with schools in the Sault Ste. Marie Good luck to you, Vic! area. j 11 S P E C I A L G I F T S In memory of The gifts listed on these pages were received from May 28 - August 31, 2003 The following donations were made Don and Betty Higgins CLARENCE HUGHEY Mary Baker Gonne in memory of: Mike and Sharon Hirn Mrs. Sarane Ross Mr. and Mrs. Stewart Hayes George and Dorothy Holloway Mr. and Mrs. Wes Hovey GEORGE ALTMANSBERGER Larry and Patricia Jackson JULIA J. JAWORSKI Mr. and Mrs. Jeff V. James Mr. and Mrs. Rex McClure Pat and Sue Kelly Matthew Jaworski Mr. and Mrs. Timothy K. Jenkins Mr. and Mrs. Joseph L. Malone Mitchell Jaworski Oliver and Joan Keller JIM BEACH Christine A. Mathieson Kelly Rodrigues Mr. and Mrs. John C. Kelly John, Emily, and Jayne Solosy Mr. and Mrs. Mike Neubecker Mr. John Kilpatrick Frank and Susie Nolte ROBERT W. JOHNSON Mrs. Edward D. Landers JOSEPHINE BONADEO Mark Price Ms. Marjory J. Carlson Mrs. Elizabeth C. Larson Jo and Chuck Hooker Ernie and Carol Stanley Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Flynn Mr. and Mrs. Rad MacCready Donald and Karen Williams Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ontl Mr. and Mrs. Thomas P. Mackell ALFRED ‘BUNK’ BONSECOURS Dr. and Mrs. Edward C. Williams and Margaret Ms. Virginia B. McCoy Jim Greenwood Ray and Diane Zukowski Don and Elaine Orstrom Mr. and Mrs. Daniel J. McElroy Neva Thiese Mrs. Lillian D. Watts Mr. and Mrs. George Melzow Bob and Rosita White MILLIE HAILAND Mr. Peter M. Welsh North Brothers Ford Mr. and Mrs. Hord Armstrong Walter and Helene Oben FRED BRUSHER Mr. and Mrs. Albert M. Austin, III ELAINE KEEFER Chris and Dana Rebhun Mr. and Mrs. Howard M. Selland Mrs. William Barnes, III Eva Mesh Dutch and Paula Rebhun Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Barksdale Herbert and Peggy Stockham MARION BURBACK Mr. and Mrs. Mark Bissell HARRIET KORDEK Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Thomas Robert and Rosita White Mrs. John C.G. Boyce Mr. and Mrs. John Fischer and Family Mr. and Mrs. G. Sheldon Veil Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Carruthers, IV Tom and Jan Soblesky BETTY COTTRELL Bill and Mary Close JANE PATTISON McKATHNIE Mrs. Edward D. Landers Mr. Donald C. Cottrell NANCY MARTIN Graham and Sarah Anne Paton Mr. Tom Dulaney Mrs. John P. Worcester JON CYR Mrs. Jean I. Everest J. GORDON MEEKER Roger C. and Anette J. Cyr Jim and Christy Everest T. JOSEPH MCDONALD Mr. and Mrs. Maxwell Naas Hord and Ann Hardin Mr. and Mrs. Hord Armstrong Mr. and Mrs. G. Sheldon Veil DAVID and ALYCE DICK Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hollerith Mr. and Mrs. Albert M. Austin, III MARGARET MACKEY DICK Mr. and Mrs. James H. Howe, III Mrs. William Barnes, III JOANNA FINK MEEKS Robert B. Dick Mr. and Mrs. Donald R. Hunter Mr. and Mrs. John Bartley Mrs. Richard Fink Mr. and Mrs. Laban P. Jackson, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. John H. Batts Mr. and Mrs. William R. McTaggart THEODORE P. DESLOGE Mr. and Mrs. Jeff V. James John and Claire Bissell Hal and Linda Nelson Mr. and Mrs. Hord Armstrong Oliver and Joan Keller Mr. and Mrs. Mark Bissell Mr. John Kilpatrick Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Brennan MARY KEITH MORRIS WILLIAM L. DOLLE, JR. Mrs. Emily Laffoon Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Carruthers, IV Mr. and Mrs. John W. Lawrence Mr. and Mrs. J. David Cummings Mrs. Elizabeth C. Larson Frank and Sally Cliff Mrs. Elizabeth C. Smith Mr. and Mrs. Thomas P. Mackell Bill and Mary Close STUART OLSON Mr. and Mrs. William Tate Mr. and Mrs. Daniel J. McElroy Mrs. Patricia O. Dolle Mrs. Helen Schachinger Mr. and Mrs. George Melzow Mrs. Mary Driggs DAVID H. GEZON Dave and June Parrish Mr. and Mrs. Mark Townsend Driggs EUGENE REIDEL Mr. and Mrs. John H. Batts Mr. David P. Reynolds Bob and Joy Files Robert and Joanne Jones Mrs. Sandy Schirmer Mr. and Mrs. John Fischer and Family OPAL GILLETTE Mrs. Joan E. Seaton Doug and Judy Gettel ‘BORIS’ the cat ROCHETTE Mr. and Mrs. Robert Seyfarth Mrs. Dorothy H. Seelbach Judith Ann Gillow Pam Smith Tom and Jan Soblesky Mr. Louis Seelbach Mr. and Mrs. James Thompson DANIEL JOHN GROUDIS Mrs. Frederick L. VanLennep Carl and Diane Anderson Jeff and Ann Bartel CHARLES HAWLEY Mr. and Mrs. Richard G. Bartel Dr. and Mrs. John B. Noll Steven and Linda Belisle Bordine Nursery Ltd. ‘MONTANA and MOLLIE’ the Ted and Anna Ford dogs of FRED and DIANE Hilda Goerke HOFFMANN Charles and Barbara McIlhargey Bay Pines Veterinary Clinic George, Amy, and Mac Hawes Bert and Judy Herzog ARNOLD HORWEEN, JR. Richard and Chris Hewlett and Family Mr. Sewell A. McMillan 12 S P E C I A L G I F T S WILLIAM E. WERNER GREGORY B. SMITH Tom and Jan Soblesky Jim and Susie Cumming RICHARD WEVER DON SPALDING Herman and Darlene Boatin Mr. and Mrs. Max E. Hosmer PETER WHITE MRS. JOHN ‘STEWIE’ SPEED Julian and Carol Magnus Mrs. John C.G. Boyce Mrs. Peggy S. Weber Oliver and Joan Keller Mrs. Elizabeth C. Larson EUGENE WILLIAMS Menonaqua Beach Cottage Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Alexander Owners Association Bob and Mary Jane Rousseau WAYNE WINDISH SINGHVI JEWELS jewelry showing JERRY and DEB ROOT’S Susan and Nancy Rousseau Richard and Janet Weaver Anna Nichols MARRIAGE Mrs. Sandy Schirmer Mr. and Mrs. Herb Edwards Mr. and Mrs. James Thompson North Branch of the LOYAL JODAR’S 75thBIRTHDAY Mr. and Mrs. G. Sheldon Veil Boyne River Project Bruce and Carol Jodar FREDERICK and LUANNE JOHN MARTIN MILLER SANQUIST’S BIRTHDAYS MARVIN STAHL Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Allen LISA LOYD’S 50th BIRTHDAY Mr. and Mrs. Daniel K. Sanquist Mr. and Mrs. John H. Batts Mr. and Mrs. Gary J. Arseneault Mr. and Mrs. Joseph W. Amy Ms. M. Carol Branch Jeff and Laura Bennett GEORGE and MARY ROGER C. SULLIVAN Ralph and Gail Ellison Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Crossland ELIZABETH SMITH’S Ms. Katherine B. Piper Mr. Bruce Felker Mr. and Mrs. Will G. Howard, Jr. 50th ANNIVERSARY Ms. Carolyn A. Goodrich Ric Loyd Mr. and Mrs. Bruce M. MacArthur BUDD TALLBERG Ms. Patty Hoffman Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Lyons Tallberg Chevrolet Suzanne Maness and Family Mr. and Mrs. John J. McIntosh VIRGINIA TICE THOMAS’ Gary and Ann Odgers Mr. and Mrs. Hal J. Messacar BIRTHDAY W. EVERETT THOMAS Mr. and Mrs. Wayne E. Olney James and Sarah Rogers Mrs. Elizabeth M. Ross Mr. and Mrs. Jim Anderson Ms. Lynn E. Perry Betsy R. Smith Patrick and Jacquelyn Daylor Ty and Sarah Ratliff David Smith and Peggy Child Smith SUSAN BAMESBERGER and JIM Frank and Lolita Flewelling Mrs. Virginia H. Thompson Jerry K. Stonewater TUTTLE’S MARRIAGE Jim and Sally Fraser Ms. Joan E. Treves Mr. and Mrs. Richard E. Taylor Mr. and Mrs. Herb Edwards Michael and Rosanne Guy Ms. Kathryn A. Tuer Mr. and Mrs. James Votruba Greg and Nicki Guy CYNTHIA MORSE and BRYAN Steve and Karen Guy RIC and LISA LOYD’S ZUMBAUGH’S MARRIAGE Heidelberg Postpress Roger and Mary Kemper In honor of BIRTHDAYS Mr. and Mrs. Paul G. Minoletti Ms. Ann Joslyn Burrows Dr. and Mrs. Richard Klein and Family Mr. and Mrs. Randolph P. Piper MR. ARTHUR G. HAILAND, JR. John and Nancy Kozacki ANNE FAIRBANKS LTD MR. and MRS. ARTHUR G. Northern Trust Company Trunk Showing BARBARA MACARTHUR’S HAILAND, III Liz and Doug Otto Mary Driggs 80th BIRTHDAY Lisa and Chris Imbs Gerald D. Rapp and Family Stephen Brown Gregg Rapp MR. and MRS. ALFRED J. Metta McGarvey MR. and MRS. C. MARK PIRRUNG Jerry Rapp, Jr. FISHER’S 60th ANNIVERSARY Mr. and Mrs. Daniel J. McElroy Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Schwab Mr. and Mrs. Albert M. Austin, III HENDRIK and LIESEL MEIJER’S Ms. Virginia K. White Mr. and Mrs. Richard H. Stoll Herbert and Peggy Stockham MARRIAGE John and Jeanne Thurman Seberon and Dianne Litzenburger Oliver and Alice Todd JANE S. HEYWOOD’S BIRTHDAY PK and Darrell Mason Steve and Amy Wanzek Mrs. Betsy Wacker Bob and Ellen Nelson Mr. and Mrs. Byron West CHARLIE and KAY DAVID L. TRUOG HOOGLAND’S If you would like to remember a special person or occasion, Ms. Julia N. Neavolls 50th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY Bob and Mary Jane Rousseau Ms. Diane Curtis what better way to honor those who appreciate northern Susan and Nancy Rousseau Michigan than by helping protect the natural diversity that BROCK and COLLEEN makes this area so unique. We accept donations in honor of MYRO TYTAR HOWARD’S Marriage Mrs. Helen Schachinger Marshall and Marilyn Longtain birthdays, graduations, marriages, anniversaries, and other holidays as well as donations in memory of loved ones. THATCHER WALLER EDITH IRISH’S Mr. and Mrs. J. Oliver Cunningham 97th BIRTHDAY The honoree or their family will be notified of your Mr. and Mrs. James H. Howe, III Dr. and Mrs. John B. Noll contribution, so please include a clearly written address. Mrs. Elizabeth C. Larson Mrs. Sarane Ross 13 F R O M t h e D I R E C T O R Reflections ...Tom Bailey Conservation and Property Taxes the federal government’s “before and after” appraisal method for N ow and again, a Conservancy member will ask us about prop- erty taxes on protected land, or a non-member may ask, “Do determining the value of easement-protected property. you guys take land off the tax rolls?” The issue of property The “before and after” approach is a straightforward, three-step taxes is an important one, and as with most issues involving govern- approach. Step one is to determine the value of the property before ment and taxation, the answer is “It depends.” any conservation easement restrictions are applied to the land. Step The most straightforward aspect of the property tax issue is that two is to apply the restrictions of the conservation easement to the land owned outright by the Conservancy and dedicated as a nature property and determine its value after the easement’s restrictions are preserve is exempt from property taxation by act of the Michigan put into place. Step three is to apply the appropriate property tax Legislature. Both the general property tax act and the Conservancy’s equalization factors to the “after” value of the property to determine enabling statute – created in 1911 – provide property tax exemptions its value for property tax purposes. for our protected lands and those of other charitable organizations. Take the theoretical example of an 80-acre parcel in a resort-res- It seems entirely appropriate that nature preserve lands should idential zone. Unrestricted, the property might be a candidate for the be tax-exempt. Property taxes were created–after all–to fund local development of a certain number of home sites – for example, one services, and nature preserves demand next to nothing of the services per acre or 80 homes. The land might be worth $1 million as a funded by the property tax. They place minimal demands, if any, on potential subdivision. (NOTE: These numbers are for illustrative pur- local fire and police protection, and add no demand to local water poses only. Actual values must be determined in each particular and sewer systems, trash pickup, or similar local services. case.) If a conservation easement were applied, however, limiting the By contrast, several interesting research projects in Michigan 80 acres to two small cottages and no further development, its value over the past few years showed that while open land demanded mini- might be reduced to something on the order of $500,000. According mal services from local government, residential property requires to the state tax tribunal, this restricted value, after the easement $1.35 to $1.50 in services for every dollar paid in property taxes. restrictions have been applied, must be used by the local taxing Agricultural and industrial land were determined to demand only authority for calculating the property’s value for property tax purpos- $0.35 to $0.50 for every dollar they contributed to local property es. Since the property cannot be used as a subdivision, the local taxes. Additional residences, not open space, represent the principal authority cannot tax the land as if it could. source of revenue demand for local government, thus demonstrating The wisdom of this policy is obvious in light of the clear evi- that tax exemption for conservation lands is appropriate. dence concerning the impact of residential development on local The Michigan Tax Tribunal recently reaffirmed the longstanding taxes and services. Residential development increases the demand for law in our state that provides exemption from property taxes for non- local services and the cost of those services. Because an easement profit organizations which operate within their articles of incorpora- restricts such development, it is appropriate to recognize this in the tion and bylaws. Little Traverse Conservancy was denied tax exemp- assessment of the land for property tax purposes. tion for one of our preserve properties in the Upper Peninsula three Looking at the total picture, as the state Legislature and Tax years ago. After requesting that the local Board of Review reconsider, Tribunal have concluded, Conservancy nature preserves and conser- we were denied the exemption and so appealed to the Tax Tribunal. vation easements represent a community asset. They add virtually The Tribunal found that the Conservancy’s property is indeed nothing to the burden on local government services, and in fact tend exempt from taxation and ordered the township to refund our tax to keep that burden lower. Our preserves are open to the public for payments, with interest. recreational use and our education programs are offered without Even with this exemption, it should be noted that we voluntari- charge, extending “privatized” services to the community at no ly pay property taxes on some parcels. For all of our properties charge. enrolled in the Commercial Forest Act, we pay the same amount to I don’t believe that our property tax system is perfect. (In fact, if local government as a private owner would pay on the same land. I were allowed to create a Bailey Amendment to the Constitution, Land which is protected by conservation easements and remains there would be many changes!). However, the system we have incor- in the hands of private owners is taxed in accordance with methods porates a number of wise provisions concerning the tax status of con- adopted by the Michigan Tax Tribunal and the U.S. Internal servation land. As the Conservancy pursues its conservation and edu- Revenue Service. Both recognize that while easement-protected land cation mission, we work hard to give valuable services and recre- is private land and subject to taxation, a conservation easement ational opportunities to taxpayers and we always follow the rules for places a number of perpetual restrictions on the land that prevent a great deal of development. The Michigan Tax Tribunal has adopted the benefit of all. j Board of Trustees M E M B E R S H I P / T H A N K Y O U Dianne C. Litzenburger, Chair James Bartlett, Vice Chair John W. Fischer, Treasurer Mark Paddock, Secretary Joanne Arbaugh Bunny Armstrong John Baker Jack Batts Terry Gamble Boyer Ian R.N. Bund Michael T. Cameron George Covington JoAnne Cromley Marilyn Damstra Michael L. Dow Frank Ettawageshik Proceeds from Card Sales Benefit Conservancy Michael FirzSimons Jeffrey S. Ford John A. Griffin Harbor Springs summer resident Cathy Bissell has generously offered to donate all the pro- Arthur Hailand, Jr. ceeds from the sales of her 5”x7” note cards (more than 37 different photos) to the Little Tucker Harris Traverse Conservancy. The cards include historic postcards and photos from Harbor Springs, Richard K. Hodge Carol Jackson Wequetonsing, Harbor Point, and Little Traverse Bay. Other photos include the same scenes as Jan Mancinelli they look today. The cards come with envelopes in packages of five. A set of color cards is $20, C. T. Martin and a set of black and white cards is $15. Harriet K. McGraw Richard E. Oelke A complete set of the various images are available at the Conservancy office, where orders James S. Offield can be taken. Orders can also be made directly through Cathy by email at cathy.bissell@bis- Thomas D. Pointner sell.com or by phone at (616) 304-6230. Her card company name is Wequetonsing Whispers, Albert F. Polk, Jr. and her new website www.wequetonsingwhispers.com will be up and running this fall and will Joan Seaton Carlin Smith feature photos of all the images. Thank you, Cathy! Edward G. Voss Charles S. Winston, Jr. Thank You... Staff Thomas C. Bailey EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR The parents and young people who partici- pated in the Young Naturalist Summer Thomas Lagerstrom Nature Programs. ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR Kelsey Griffin for her help conducting the Young Naturalist Programs. Mary Anne Griffin ADMINISTRATIVE The following RSVP volunteers who helped COORDINATOR us get our many summer mailings out: Betty Benson, Virginia Croff, Norm Cutshall, Pearl Jan Wilkins Dally, Jackie Dombroski, Doris Fedus, ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Maggie Frederick, Rita Gay, Marie Kring, Marci Birkes Gloria Krussel, Maxine McDowell, Bill Alison Adams Porter, Irene Snable, Val Sterzik, Betty ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION Trippe, Marge Upton, Iris Walker, and Frilly Winnard. Melissa Hansen Phil Ohmer for volunteer photography work. LAND STEWARDSHIP Gary Williams for photography and photo MaryKay O’Donnell archiving assistance. Ty Ratliff Anne Melvin and Dan Sullivan, and Mr. and Kieran Fleming Mrs. Winston Stebbins for contributing LAND PROTECTION toward repairs of the Fischer Fountain. Plunkett & Cooney Law Firm for pro bono Mikki Snyder VanVuren work. EDITOR Birchwood Farm for providing horse-drawn Anne Fleming wagon rides at the annual meeting at no What is that? The Conservancy’s Young COMMUNICATIONS charge. Naturalist programs were extremely popular Marcus Kuburski for graciously helping us this past summer. host the annual meeting. 15 Autumn Field Trips Conservancy field trips are offered at no charge, Plant Spirit Walk but pre-registration is required by calling (231) 347-0991. September 25, 6:30 pm McCune Nature Preserve, Emmet County Fall Bird Walk and Hawk Watch Join us for a walk through the McCune preserve with Vicky September 20, 12 noon Lynn, member of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Thorne Swift Nature Preserve, Emmet County Indians. Learn more about the relationship between the Local Audubon Society leader, Sally Stebbins, will guide a Odawa people and the natural world as we explore a variety walk through one of the prime bird watching habitats in Harbor of plants and trees and their importance to Native American Springs. Bring along binoculars, water, and a portable chair to culture. hike with if desired. After we hike through the preserve we'll relax at the dune platform and watch for hawks as they use G.O. Hike the updraft along the shoreline to soar. October 2, 6 pm Raven Ridge Nature Preserve, Charlevoix County Get Outside and enjoy the colors this fall! G.O. hikes are casual hikes lead by one of our staff and are a great opportunity to get out and enjoy time with other like-minded individuals. This fall we will explore the Raven Ridge preserve which is host to wonderful upland trees such as maple, beech and oak. We'll hike to the new overlook platform and take in the breathtaking view of rolling hills filled with fall color. Bring along water, appropriate clothing, and a snack. Owl Walk Oct. 16, 7:30 pm Colonial Point Memorial Forest, Cheboygan County Although darkness and night creatures might spark fear in some, dusk is actually an intriguing time to explore the forest. Join us for a walk at dusk through the Colonial Point woods The Conservancy teamed up with the Top of Michigan Trails Council as local owl charmer, Jeff Lange, attempts to entice the for a tour along the Little Traverse Wheelway last July. Barred Owl out to speak with us. Little Traverse Conservancy, Inc. Non-Profit Org. 3264 Powell Road U.S. POSTAGE PAID Harbor Springs, MI 49740 Conway, MI 49722 (231) 347-0991 Permit No. 908 Address Service Requested web site: www.landtrust.org This newsletter printed on recycled paper with email: firstname.lastname@example.org 30% post-consumer waste and soy-based inks.
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