David H. Irish
Nature Preserve

Harbor Springs

You can help restore historic Harbor Springs open space in memory of Dave Irish.

Raised: 85%

Dave Irish was one of Little Traverse Conservancy’s original founders. Along with other forward thinking people from our community, Dave saw the importance of balancing development of northern Michigan, with conserving it. His vision lives on.

In Dave’s memory, a new 60-acre nature preserve is being established just outside of Harbor Springs. If you are reading this, it is likely you know the land which lies along 2,000 feet of State Road (see map). An iconic farm field, rolling hills, and a few majestic maples stand out in your view. 

Just as Dave had a vision for land, you can help support the vision for this land in Dave’s memory.

What was for years a farm field will be actively restored as a native meadow, hardwood forest, and oak savanna, with your help. Your support can keep Dave’s spirit and vision alive by continuing the work in which he so deeply believed.


Ty Ratliff
Associate Director

David H. Irish Nature Preserve

Restoration plan