Why is this Preserve Significant?
Where land and water come together, wonderful things happen. Wet, spring-fed fens blends into floodplain forest to create the globally significant habitat known as Ives Road Fen Preserve! Fens are unusual, and increasingly rare. The water from this fen flows through the thick grasses of the preserve, which help to filter the water before it empties into the River Raisin at the preserve's eastern edge. The River Raisin is one of the best warm water rivers in the state, and three of the four local communities downstream draw all of their drinking water from this river.
What can I see here?
A fine chorus of spring peepers can be heard calling in March. The splendor of wildflowers and prairie grasses can be enjoyed from June to August. Catch beautiful formations of migratory birds as they arrive in the spring and leave in the fall. The fen is home for many rare plants such as the carnivorous sundew and the showy coneflower.
Historically, most of the land in this preserve had been impacted by human activity including agriculture, sand and gravel mining, and drainage ditches. However, thanks to thousands of volunteer hours by local community members over the last two decades, this preserve is now largely restored to its natural state.