Spring 2008
Vol. 16 No. 1

In this issue...

Reflections from the President

Welcome New Board Members

GINLC Education Committee Report

Stewardship Notes

Land Acquisition

Nature Area Season Planned

Nature Area Clean Up

2007 GI Conservationist of the Year Award

Doug Thiel Honored for Service

Annual Meeting

Arbor Day

Conservancy Awarded Pond Restoration Grant

2007 Christmas Bird Count

Did You Know?

Thank you

Newletter Sponsor

Upcoming Events...

May 3
Nature Area Opening Day

10AM to 2PM

April 19
Island Clean Up
Call Jake Atkins
(734) 676-5536
for meeting site

April 19 & 26
Nature Area Clean Up

9:00AM to Noon
Nature Area

April 20
Earth Day

Centinnial Farm
1PM to 4PM

May 10
Arbor Day
Tree Planting Seminar

10AM to 11AM
Centennial Farm
Register - 675-2364
(Rec. Department)
No Fee

May 14
BASF Presentation
Riverview Project

Township Hall


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Land Acquisition
by Ingo Hasserodt

Our Conservancy is making steady progress protecting vacant land on the Thoroughfare Canal.

Last year due to the kind donation of Mr. & Mrs. Wittbold, three wooded lots on the north bank of the Thoroughfare Canal were added to our land inventory.

Two adjacent lots, now owned by the State of Michigan, are about to be deeded to us by The Michigan Land Bank thanks to the assistance of Supervisor Kobiljak. This, including the two lots donated by Mr. & Mrs. Morse in previous years will provide the Conservancy with about four hundred feet of wooded water frontage of high environmental value.

In addition, the Conservancy already protects six lots on the south shore of the Canal on Halley Crescent with the Township owning most of the vacant wooded lots all the way up to the Meridian Bridge.

There are several more wooded vacant lots on the Canal that are unlikely to ever be developed due to the lack of sewers in the area and are therefore of little value to their present own­ers.

Our long-range vision is to protect all the remaining wooded lots on the Canal between the Meridian Bridge and the Trenton Channel, protecting a valuable riparian habitat and providing the people of Grosse Ile with a scenery reminiscent of a time prior to development.