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Protected Lands

Chamberlain Lake Conservation Easement

 
 

Acres: 120
Established: 2008
County: Iron
Category: Private Conservation Easement

Our first project in the western counties of the U.P., this conservation easement protects nearly the entirety of Chamberlain Lake. The 120-acre property is an in-holding in the Ottawa National Forest and contributes to the conservation values found throughout the region. The lake is home to nesting loons and is ringed by extensive boreal bogs that provide excellent habitat for waterfowl and other animals native to the Upper Great Lakes basin. The forested slopes of mixed pine, spruce, and balsam provide critical water quality protection by preventing sedimentation and serving as a natural filter for nutrient removal. Coarse woody debris along the shoreline provides essential habitat for aquatic invertebrates, amphibians, and reptiles. Bald eagles, broad-wing hawks, osprey, herons, woodpeckers and other avian species have been spotted in and around the property.

The KLT worked with the willing landowners over to establish the conservation easement, which was donated to the KLT in 2008. The easement ensures the lake will remain healthy and protects the natural habitats found here. The property itself is private and not open to the public. However, the lake is viewable from Forest Service Road 3500. Please be respectful of the landowner's property and do not trespass.

 

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