This past weekend the Door County Land Trust celebrated the dedication of the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Nature Preserve.
In December of 2009, the Door County Land Trust purchased 332 acres in the City of Sturgeon Bay along the shores of Lake Michigan on the south side of the Sturgeon Bay-Lake Michigan Shipping Canal. The preserve dedication was an opportunity to officially open the preserve and to thank the previous landowners, volunteers, foundations and granting agencies, and Door County Land Trust supporters whose vision, hard work and generosity made the creation of the nature preserve possible.
Public hiking trails, parking areas, informational kiosks and maps are all now located at the new Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Nature Preserve. The preserve is home to nearly 1,000 feet of Lake Michigan shoreline, forested wetlands, a series of ancient shorelines, and many rare plants and animals.
The Door County Land Trust is a local, non-profit organization supported by over 2,000 contributing members. Its mission is to preserve, maintain and enhance lands that contribute significantly to the scenic beauty, open space and ecological integrity of Door County. Since its inception in 1986, the Land Trust has protected over 5,300 acres throughout Door County. Many of the lands owned by the Door County Land Trust are open to the public for hiking, hunting, birding, skiing and other low-impact recreational and educational activities.
To find out more about the work of the Door County Land Trust, for preserve maps and directions, for information on our hunting program and to make a contribution of support, please visit www.doorcountylandtrust.org.