MICHIGAMME, Mich. (WJMN) – The Nature Conservancy (TNC) announced Monday that it has acquired more than 10,000 acres of land in the Upper Peninsula. The land, known as the Slate River Timberlands, is located in the Michigamme Highlands region.
TNC said it plans to continue the legacy of regional governance that has been embodied for nearly 60 years. Over that time, the property has been cared for by three generations of the previous owner’s family and is home to many streams that flow directly into Lake Superior.
“We are delighted that we were able to acquire Slate River Timberlands,” said Helen Taylor, Michigan State Manager for TNC. “Our science has identified this region as one of the most resilient in Michigan, meaning it can maintain natural diversity in the face of a changing climate. The opportunity to preserve such vast intact, primeval forest lands does not come today. It is one of many important steps towards a healthy, thriving future for UP forests and the communities that depend on them.”
The land has diverse and rich forests, which TNC says is one of the highest quality managed primary forests known to remain intact. Its proximity to other protected lands makes it a valuable habitat for many animals.
Emily Clegg, Project Manager, Forest Reserve said: “This property has been superbly managed.
for TNCs. “Beautiful forest, full of classic mature native trees, well managed
with care for generations. Our goal is to continue managing as it benefits wildlife, supporting
local timber economy and help the forest stay healthy despite the drivers of change
You can learn more about the Nature Conservancy and its work in Michigan here.
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