Small forest on top of dune next to big lake.
Zetterberg Preserve Zetterberg Preserve at Point Betsie © Jason Whalen/Big Foot Media

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The Nature Conservancy Transfers Betsie River Properties to Benzie Conservation District

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is pleased to announce the transfer of two properties to the Benzie Conservation District. The properties, totaling five acres, were generously donated by artist Gwen Frostic and Presscraft Paper, Inc. in 1983 and 1984. All five acres are forested wetlands along the Betsie River in Crystal Lake Township.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for the Conservation District to be able to manage and maintain these two unspoiled parcels.  They play a vital role in the filtration of nutrients out of the ground water and runoff, thereby helping to ensure the continuing health of the Betsie River. This is a great example of collaboration showing how two organizations can work to the benefit of each other and to the benefit of one of our most valuable natural resources,” said Tad Peacock, Executive Director of the district. 

This is a great example of collaboration showing how two organizations can work to the benefit of each other and to the benefit of one of our most valuable natural resources.

Executive Director, Benzie Conservation District

“We are very happy to see these properties go to the Benzie Conservation District,” notes Chris May, Director, Protected Lands for TNC. “They can play a role in the Conservation District’s water quality monitoring, and local ownership just makes sense here.”

TNC maintains ownership of 33 nature preserves, totaling 55,000 acres, across Michigan. These preserves offer the chance for visitors to connect with nature and see ecosystems that they may not see at home. To learn more about visiting TNC’s preserves in Michigan, visit nature.org/miexplore.  

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 72 countries and territories: 38 by direct conservation impact and 34 through partners, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.