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									                                                              LITTLE TRAVERSE

                   VOLUME XXIV, No. 2                                                                                              Fall 2003

                                 Protecting Land Throughout Our Region

                        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
                                                           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
                                                           John and Colene Childs who
                                                           have protected 80 acres of                           4
                                                           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

                                                            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

                        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
               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

               property and adjacent state lands.                                                                   Sarah and me.”
                                      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.

          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
                                                                     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

            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.

                                                                      (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
                                                                 L A N D             P R O T E C T I O N

                                                        Longest Remaining Private Stretch of
                                                          Pigeon River Becomes Preserve

                                 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

                                                                                                                              properties,” said Kieran
                                                                                                                              Fleming, Conservancy land
                                                                                                                              protection specialist.
                        Jack Harris fishing the newly protected stretch of Pigeon River.
                                          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.

             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!

    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

                                                                                           Lake Huron

                                               Investment                    U.S
                                                                                    . 23
                                                                                           to C
                                       Childs                                                  heb
                                       Conservation                                                   an

            Dingman’s Marsh            Easement

                                       Bear Paw
                                       Investment Project            Welsh
                                                                     Conservation          250-acre
                                                                     Easement              Conservation
                                                                                           Investment Project


                           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.
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                                                        M E M B E R S H I P

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                                         and automatic.
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    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
                                                                                                  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
                                      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.

                 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.”
     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
                                            S T E W A R D S H I P

Stewardship Activities
in High Gear During
Summer Months

        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-
    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
                                                      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

                                                  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
                                        F R O M             t h e         D I R E C T O R

                          ...Tom Bailey

                   Conservation and
                    Property Taxes
                                                                          the federal government’s “before and after” appraisal method for

           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.
                                                                                                   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
    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.
  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.

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