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Protected Lands

Highway Location Conservation Easement

 
 

Acres: 200
Established: 2011
County: Houghton
Category: Private Conservation Easement

Located on the highlands between the City of Hancock and Village of Calumet, this 200-acre property is predominantly wetlands, with about 140 acres of high-quality lowland and swamp forests of tamarack, black spruce, white pine, and cedar, along with a small grove of black ash, alder, dogwood, and willow brush. The wetlands serve as the headwaters of Gooseneck Creek and Lily Creek. Mixed loamy soils support about 60 acres of upland forests with maple, aspen, birch, and fir. A shallow pond was created on the Property in 1995 to implement a recommended practice in a 1993 stewardship plan. The pond adds to the diversity of habitats present on the Property and contains reptiles, amphibians and aquatic insects that serve as food sources for other species. This woodland pond is utilized by herons, ducks, whitetail deer, and black bear, among others.

This Conservation Easement contributes to the protection of significant natural habitat within the KLT's Corridor Initiative. Lands protected within this conservation corridor include the KLT's Paavola Wetlands and Boston Pond Nature Areas, the expansive Swedetown Recreation Area (owned by Calumet Township), land restricted to open space for Houghton County airport operations, and a large tract of commercial forestland that includes the site of a long-term ecological watershed study site under active research by Michigan Tech since the early 1980s, all located directly adjacent to or within 3.5 miles of the Property. Together these lands provide open space and natural habitat for a diversity of species and in particular for interior or deep woods species like the pileated woodpecker, goshawk, and ovenbird and far-ranging mammals like fisher, black bear, wolf, coyote, weasel, and bobcat.

The former Houghton County Traction Company electric streetcar right-of-way traverses the property. The property remains private and we ask that you respect the landowner's privacy and do not trespass.

 

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