Another Piece for the Leopold Preserve
A 200-acre addition to the Aldo Leopold Preserve on Marquette Island, Les Cheneaux, was recently purchased with a grant from the J.A. Woollam Foundation. The new addition provides much desired trail access and brings the size of the preserve to 1,683 acres along with 3.8 miles of Lake Huron frontage.
Last spring, land protection and stewardship staff met with Clark Township to discuss the overall planning for land protection on Marquette Island. As seen in the map to the right, a majority of the island now comprises the Aldo Leopold Preserve.
This most recent purchase was identified as the most important and strategic parcel to acquire because it includes a large portion of Liberty Road, the main road running north to south on the island.
“Until we owned more frontage on Liberty Road, LTC has been hesitant to fully promote the Aldo Leopold Preserve because access was limited,” explained Doug Fuller, the Conservancy’s director of stewardship. “With this new acquisition, large portions of the road are now found within the preserve’s boundaries.”
Future plans at the preserve are to create a loop trail through the north half of the island as well as a publicly-accessible trail through the south part of the island. It is hoped to eventually have contiguous trail shore to shore.
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