Recreation-Friendly Land Buy Safeguards Bird Habitat and Groundwater

In a region experiencing development pressures, the purchase of 102 acres of forested bluffs and farmland will protect 6,600 feet of Lake Michigan shoreline and expand Ozaukee County’s Lion’s Den Gorge Nature Preserve. The area’s clay seepage bluffs are especially important in recharging groundwater and providing stopover points for migratory birds. Another benefit is public access to the Lake Michigan Water Trail, now 75 miles long and running through three states.

The NOAA Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program provided $1 million toward this acquisition through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. This conservation program provides matching funds to state and local governments for land purchases that are important ecologically, historically, scenically, or recreationally.

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Partners: Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, NOAA Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program, Ozaukee County, Wisconsin