Major new Nature Preserve for Grand Blanc Township

It could have been turned into another housing development. Or a strip mall. But 538 pristine acres in Grand Blanc and Holly townships will be preserved for public recreation.

The Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy and Six Rivers Land Conservancy are acquiring the valuable land, so it can be preserved in its natural state. It bought the land from the Nyland family, with help from a 1.1 million dollar anonymous donation.

It's spokesman says The Lost Lake Nature Preserve has the potential to become a key nature destination in the state for things like hiking bird watching.

It's located in the southwest corner of Grand Blanc Township, with access off Baldwin Road near a expressway overpass. The land includes 2 lakes, marshland, wetlands and streams.

The Grand Blanc Township Supervisor Miki Hoffman, calls it good news. Hoffman says she likes the idea of a natural park for area residents to enjoy, "This is an awesome opportunity for the residents of the Grand Blanc Communityâ??to have public access to this natural preserve simply adds to the character of our community. It provides such a great chance for those that love the outdoors to take advantage of the pristine state of this environmental jewel for passive recreation and outdoor education. We are thankful to the Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy and the Six Rivers Land Conservancy and especially to the anonymous donor for ensuring that this property will always remain a natural area open to the public for hiking, bird watching, enjoying the wildlife in their natural habitat, and just enjoying the serene setting and overlook views on the property ."

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