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Protected Lands

Keweenaw Bay Shoreland Conservation Easement

 
 

Acres: 70
Established: 2010
County: Baraga
Category: Private Conservation Easement

This conservation easement protects about a quarter mile of native shoreland, one of the largest remaining contiguous private ownership parcels of undeveloped forested lake frontage on Keweenaw Bay. A unique and ancient geology of Jacobsville sandstone is exposed along the bluff shoreline that rises abruptly to a height averaging about 10-15 feet. Large slabs of sandstone lie scattered along the water's edge at the base of the bluff of sculpted rock and overhanging ledges. The expanse of native coastal shoreland provides habitat for rare loons, bald eagle, broad-wing hawks, osprey, woodpeckers, herons, mink, fisher, and many other species.

The property has not been managed for over a century and only minimally developed by the family that owned this parcel for generations. Much of the 70 acres under easement are comprised of forested uplands and wetlands of black spruce, balsam fir, cedar, and mixed northern hardwoods interspersed with towering white pine. Dense layers of humus, sphagnum moss and diverse ground vegetation cover the forest floor, and an almost magical aura fills the air. The property is a remnant of the historic Arnheim deer yard that continues to provide critical thermal cover for winter wildlife.

While the property remains private and off-limits to visitors, kayakers and boaters are able to enjoy the beautiful and undeveloped shoreline of Keweenaw Bay that this conservation easement protects.

 

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