Oden Island Nature Preserve Induction Into Old Growth Forest Network


Oct 20 2022


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Oden Island Nature Preserve

Join LTC staff and others who simply love and appreciate old, native forests as we celebrate the Oden Island Nature Preserve becoming the fifth Michigan forest to join the Old-Growth Forest Network. Oden Island Nature Preserve is in the homelands of the Anishinaabe peoples and is located 9 miles east of the city of Petoskey. This 50-acre forested natural area protects nearly a mile of frontage on Crooked Lake. The forests on the preserve are mature and contain many large trees, especially eastern hemlocks, white pine, and some large sugar maples. There have not been any timber harvests since the 1950’s, according to aerial imagery, and it has likely been much longer since any logging has occurred, and some trees might even predate the logging boom of the late 1800’s. Portions of the forest in the Oden Island Nature Preserve approach old-growth forest characteristics. A successful fundraising effort in 2000 resulted in the Conservancy’s purchase of this large, undeveloped waterfront property, closing the door on development proposed for the site. The preserve protects a valuable shoreline forest that helps keep the water clean for swimming, boating, and fishing on Crooked Lake.