MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLUC) - The Upper Peninsula Land Conservancy has big plans for some land in Marquette and Negaunee townships. They call it the Dead River Community Forest.
They're trying to raise about $200,000 to purchase 161 acres from the McClure Basin Association who would also donate a 25 acre parcel.
The purpose is to ensure permanent protection of the forest. It would also allow recreational opportunities including multi use trails.
The land conservancy director says it's important to preserve the land with all the recent development in the townships.
"It's very important as we're watching these changes happen in the community that we are preserving the things that we love about the community like our ability to walk out our back door and be in the woods, a place to explore everyday that connects us back to the land," said Andrea Denham, Executive Director for the U.P. Land Conservancy.
The U.P. Land Conservancy is planning their first public meeting for the Dead River Community Forest this fall. Learn more by clicking here.